Microsoft has announced the imminent appearance of the Secure Network VPN service in the proprietary Edge browser, the first mention of which appeared last month. The service is currently available to browser users as part of the Edge Insider Insider program on the Canary channel.
The Secure Network Tool does not require any additional software or extensions to be installed. The main purpose of the feature is to provide Edge users with the ability to use a secure Internet connection when working on public networks, where privacy issues often arise. Using the Secure Network will hide the real IP address, encrypt data and transmit traffic through a secure network. Cloudflare has become Microsoft’s partner in this project.
Note that unlike traditional VPN services, Secure Network is not suitable for bypassing regional restrictions by changing the IP address. The fact is that the service automatically selects servers in the user’s region to ensure safe operation on public networks. At this stage, it is unknown if Microsoft plans to monetize the Secure Network, or if the service will be completely free. During testing, users are provided with 1 GB of traffic to work with an activated VPN service, which is clearly not enough, for example, to stream video or interact with online games.
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