May 12 2022 01:34 PM - edited May 12 2022 02:20 PM
May 12 2022 01:34 PM - edited May 12 2022 02:20 PM
Today, we're excited to share that we have kicked off experiments for Microsoft Edge Secure Network in the Canary channel of Microsoft Edge. We are opening this preview to a small audience to get initial feedback and recommendations so we can offer the best in-browser Secure Network experience.
With Edge Secure Network, you can connect to public Wi-Fi at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, hotels, & other venues, complete transactions, and shop online, all with the improved privacy and security that gives you the peace of mind you deserve.
Secure Network helps you protect your information by masking your device's IP address, encrypting your data, and routing it through a secure network (powered by Cloudflare) to a server that is geographically co-located so it’s harder for malicious actors to see your true location and what you’re doing. It also prevents your internet service provider from collecting your browsing data, like details about which websites you visit, and helps prevent online entities from using your IP address for profiling and sending you targeted ads.
As part of our first experiment, we’re giving everyone who tries this out a small amount of free Secure Network bandwidth to use however they see fit.
For some activities like streaming videos, this allotment may be used significantly quicker than other activities like shopping and browsing the web. We encourage you to use the built-in controls to enable and disable the Secure Network and use this data however it best suits your needs and send us feedback about how Secure Network works for you. See our support page for more details.
We will be diligently reviewing feedback as we over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for Edge Secure Network and help us create the best experience possible!
Whenever Secure Network is connected, your browsing traffic will be encrypted and routed through our service’s servers and then to its final destination. This helps ensure that your personal data will be more secure no matter what complicated route your browsing data takes or how many parties are involved in providing the content inside your favorite web page.
A lot of web technology relies on trying to intelligently provide results based on where you are located.
We want to ensure that the web still works as you expect it to so when you search for a nearby restaurant or local movie showtimes, you can still get relevant results. We also want to help protect you as an individual, so you’re not personally associated with those results just by browsing the web.
We’ve partnered with Cloudflare to help ensure that if VPNs are allowed in your region, wherever you connect to the Secure Network service, you will connect to a local data center and the IP address your browsing data flows through will be geographically similar to your actual region. However, websites will not see your individual network address, keeping your browsing disassociated from you while still allowing the internet to ‘just work’ as you expect.
During this preview phase Secure Network requires users to be signed into the browser with their Microsoft account. Sign-in is used solely to authenticate to the service and ensure you’re to receive more free data during the current period. No data about your user identity or account is sent over the Secure Network connection as part of this service. Additionally, limited diagnostic data may be ephemerally present on our partner’s servers for no more than 25 hours to help troubleshoot connection and performance issues, but is not persisted or directly associated with any given user.
Be on the lookout for Secure Network as we expand our testing. We look forward to discovering how you would like to use Secure Network to protect your data, what works well, and what we can improve. Let us know on the shield icon flyout by giving us a quick thumbs up or down or use the in-browser feedback icon to send us more detailed feedback.
Alt + Shift + I – Shortcut to send feedback
As always, thanks for being a part of this journey towards a more private and secure web!
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May 28 2022 06:51 AM
@BrandonMaslen Guess the new security feature appears only if you use Bing as default now? It appeared briefly for a day when I was testing Neeva and has disappeared in subsequent updates to EdgeCan. Looks like it has 'moved on' in version 104 to other users. It was interesting to see how it protected the IP of the PC when turned on. I ran a live comparison with Edge and EdgeCan and tested using utilities from GRC.com. Would be interesting replacement for VPN if you only needed the protection alone. Hope that future postings can explain more clearly how to find and use this. Was glad to at least test for day. Setting back to Bing seems to not bring it back.
Jun 15 2022 12:37 PM
This feature has not been working for me for 3 weeks now. I've send in inbrowser feedback 2 times for this problem. Latest feedback was sent yesterday the 14th.
Version 104.0.1289.0 (Official build) canary (64-bit)
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Jun 22 2022 02:33 PM
@BrandonMaslen This must be another controlled rollout. I don't have the option at all. I never get any controlled rollout features, at all. I guess they look at my account and say, "Oh, it's him. Skip and move on to the next guy or gal."
Jun 22 2022 06:27 PM
Same here. I've spent 3 days trying to find it, with no success. I haven't found anyone else with any better results. I sure wish that the status of this project was available in real time for anyone interested.
Jun 24 2022 11:16 AM
In my experience some features arrive at different times. Some features may not show up too. I suspect that Microsoft is also looking at 'control groups' to measure what happens to the rest of Windows as well (like memory usage, etc. ) . Microsoft has said in the past that not everyone will get 'test' feature. Another possibility is that they may be rolling out to users who are regular submitters to Feedback Hub. They may not 'seem' like they are reading the feedbacks but they DO notice when the upvotes become substantial. If you look at the High volume upvotes you will usually see a comment on them in response. Note that there are issues that have a low priority (like updating user icons) that will not be their focus for a while... . Always suggest using feedback facility in Windows and in Edge to let them know what you see. Have a great day.
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Jun 25 2022 03:08 AM
The option just appeared in the latest update for me, I will investigate.
My understanding is that it will hide my IP address from trackers, however the ad agencies / Google / NSA / MI5.5 are a little more sophisticated.
Every browser has components / plugins that reduce its anonymity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation have done a lot of good work here. See Cover Your Tracks (eff.org)
Stever Gibson's utilities are good, and I check our public attack surface regularly, but all browsers send a stupid amount of information every time you request a web page - see Do Not Track Header Information - BrowserSpy.dk
All that information may be useful to "customise the user experience" but do I really need to tell Farcebook my browser doesn't support Silverlight?
Most users of the interweb have no concept of just how fast a browser / web server can be if the site doesn't insert all the advertising / tracking cruft.
Consider the html5 video tag: How hard can it be?
<video width="320" height="240" controls>
<source src="movie.mp4" type="video/mp4">
Try loading up a youtub page and view source - damned if I can see a video tag
Jul 29 2022 05:55 AM
I'm sorry but after decades of dealing with the positives and negatives of Microsoft, there is no way I could trust a "secure" net from MS. Frankly I doubt that you could convince me that it wasn't shot through with backdoors and exclusions.
I work on the presumption that anything that goes out over my phone, or my web browser is barely secured - it'll keep honest people honest and that's it. I don't see this project making me think anything different.
Good luck with it but I'll pass.