Microsoft Edge helps keep you safe online. However, the networks you join may not be adequately secure. Microsoft Edge Secure Network can help you protect your device and sensitive data as you browse.
Microsoft Edge Secure Network is a preview feature. Preview features are services that are in development and are made available on a "preview" basis so users can get early access and send us feedback.
Secure Network is an in-browser security and privacy feature made available as a trial service for select users in limited markets. As a part of Secure Network testing, a small group of early adopters will be in a VPN data upgrade trial for 30 days. At the end of the 30-day period the experience will reflect the normal VPN GB limits.
How does Microsoft Edge Secure Network work?
Microsoft Edge Secure Network:
Encrypts your connection: Encrypts your internet connection to help protect your data from online threats like hackers.
When using Microsoft Edge Secure network, your data is routed from Edge through an encrypted tunnel to create a secure connection, even when using a non-secure URL that starts with HTTP. This makes it harder for hackers to access your browsing data on a shared public Wi-Fi network.
Helps prevent online tracking: By encrypting your web traffic directly from Microsoft Edge, we help prevent your internet service provider from collecting your browsing data like details about which websites you visit.
Keeps your location private: Online entities can use your location and IP address for profiling and sending you targeted ads. Microsoft Edge Secure Network lets you browse with a virtual IP address that masks your IP and replaces your geolocation with a similar regional address to make it more difficult for online trackers to follow you as you browse.
Is free to use: Get 1 gigabyte of free data every month when you sign into Microsoft Edge with your Microsoft Account. A few early adopters will be in a data upgrade trial, at the end of their 30-day trial period the experience will reflect the normal VPN gigabyte limits.
See below instructions to turn on your Microsoft Edge Secure Network.
Note: A Microsoft Edge sign-in is required to track free data usage and access Secure Network every month. All bandwidth data that is required to provide the Microsoft Edge Secure Network service is automatically deleted at the end of the required service window.
Select Settings and more > Turn on Microsoft Edge Secure Network .
If you are not signed into your Microsoft Account, you will be prompted to sign in or create one.
The solid shield icon will appear in the browser frame; your browsing traffic is now protected by Microsoft Edge Secure Network.
The feature will turn off automatically when you close Microsoft Edge. You must turn on Microsoft Edge Secure Network again for your next browsing session if you wish to use it.
You get 1GB of free data per month with your Microsoft Account. You can click on the shield icon at any time to see how much data you have used for that month.
The shield icon will indicate when you have reached your limit, select the icon to see when your data will be refreshed.
We are committed to protecting your privacy. Our privacy statement explains the personal data Microsoft Edge processes, how Microsoft Edge processes it, and for what purposes.
See the Microsoft Privacy Statement for more.
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Microsoft Edge Secure Network is a service provided in partnership with Cloudflare. Cloudflare is committed to privacy and collects a limited amount of diagnostic and support data acting as Microsoft’s data subprocessor in order to provide the services. Cloudflare permanently deletes the diagnostic and support data collected every 25 hours.
Any data Cloudflare processes in support of Microsoft Edge Secure Network is as an ancillary subprocessor. As part of its agreement with Microsoft Edge, Cloudflare will follow Microsoft’s written instructions for data processing.
Cloudflare shall not assign, transfer, sell, license, sublicense, or grant any rights to Microsoft Edge users’ data to any other person or entity. Under no circumstance will Cloudflare use any Microsoft Edge users’ data to create a profile of the user’s browsing history, nor will Cloudflare combine such user data with other Cloudflare or third-party data in any way that has the effect of creating an individual end user profile.
This data will be stored briefly as part of Cloudflare’s temporary logs, and then permanently deleted within 25 hours of Cloudflare’s receipt of such information. Cloudflare will not log your request data and will not use it for any purpose other than to provide the Proxy service. Cloudflare also promises:
Cloudflare will not retain or sell or transfer to any third party (except as may be required by law) any personal information, IP addresses or other user identifiers from the requests sent from the Edge browser to Cloudflare.
Cloudflare will not combine the data that it collects from such queries with any other Cloudflare or third-party data in any way that can be used to identify individual end users.
What about government requests for content blocking?
Cloudflare does not block or filter content through the Cloudflare proxy for Microsoft Edge. As part of its agreement with Microsoft, Cloudflare is providing a secure remote proxy. If Cloudflare were to receive written requests from law enforcement and government agencies to block access to domains or content through the Cloudflare proxy for Microsoft Edge, Cloudflare would, in consultation with Microsoft, exhaust its legal remedies before complying with such a request. Cloudflare also commits to documenting any government request to block access in its semi-annual transparency report, unless legally prohibited from doing so.
Information used in the Microsoft Edge Secure Network Service
To provide access, we store minimal support data and access tokens which are only retained for the duration of the required service window.
A Microsoft account is required to access Microsoft Edge Secure Network and is retained to keep track of the amount of Microsoft Edge Secure Network data that is used each month. This data retention is necessary to provide 1GB of free Microsoft Edge Secure Network service and to indicate when the data limit has been reached.
Signing into Microsoft Edge with a Microsoft account will also turn on sync. With Sync your browsing data is available across all signed-in versions of Microsoft Edge. You can sync your browsing history, favorites, settings, form fill data including addresses and more, passwords, extensions, open tabs, and collections. Each synced data type may be turned on or off individually.
Microsoft Privacy Statement