Back in 2015, Microsoft was announcing a new browse engine: Microsoft Edge. But, back then, Edge simply couldn’t manage to draw the attention of the masses, which made Microsoft rebuild it on Chromium, Google’s free and open-source project. Fast-forward to Today, Edge browser now shares many similarities with Google Chrome and has several enhancements over its predecessor.
One of the most significant enhancements the browse engine has now is related to online privacy, a popular topic nowadays. The Edge browser now takes much more active in minding users’ privacy even than Google’s browser does.
If you’re an Edge browser user, find that you have a lot of control over how you are tracked across the web and what data the browser keeps. What’s more, some anti-phishing and anti-malware tools also monitor the websites that users visit for fishy behavior.
Now, like many Internet users today, you probably think about online safety and privacy more than ever before, especially with cybersecurity threats being on the rise lately. So, it’s only natural that you want to know how to increase your online privacy. Here’s how you can do it when you’re using Microsoft Edge as your browse engine:
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Enhance and protect your passwords
Strong passwords are one of the most crucial online safety hacks that everybody should know. The strongest your passwords are, the smaller the chances of having your accounts hacked.
The good news is that the Edge browser offers a password monitor to alert users if one of their passwords may have been compromised. What’s more, the feature also provides suggestions on solid passwords for new accounts if you need them.
Both features can be used only if the Sync is turned on. You’ll find the necessary buttons to turn on Sync and use both password monitor and generator features in Settings, Profiles.
Use Microsoft Edge tracking prevention settings
Microsoft Edge also allows its users to personalize their browser privacy settings in order to block trackers that monitor and collect their activity as they surf on various websites.
Now, In Setting, the Privacy and services button takes you to the menu that allows you access to three tracking-prevention tires, allowing you to decide how many sites can track you and website functionality that you may lose by stopping tracking. For example, by blocking tracking, you reduce content personalization.
Now, you can choose between Edge’s Basic, Balanced, and Strict prevention. Each of these options has different effects on how websites track your data but also the drawbacks of being very reserved with your online data.
Manage your Edge’s browsing data
Microsoft Edge also allows you to manage your browsing data history if you don’t want everybody to be able to see which sites and pages you’ve visited and why. The browsing engine allows you to clear your browsing history, either manually or automatically, each time you close your browser.
You can find this feature in Edge’s Privacy and services. Scroll down until you find the Clear browsing data option and look for the “Choose what to clear” button. If you click on that button, your browsing data is automatically cleared out, including browsing and download history, cookies, and cached files.
Edge also has some features that are specifically designed for managing your cookies. The browser allows you to control, manage, and delete cookies. In the Settings section, look for the Cookies and site permissions button, and from there, you can get all relevant data about cookies and manage it.
Here, you’ll be able to see each individual site that you have surfed on and that has created and stored cookies. If you want to, you can delete the cookies for any site you don’t want.
Use Edge’s other privacy and security tools
Edge’s privacy and services section allow you to manage all your data and privacy over them. You’ll find the tools for managing tracking and browsing data, but many others as well.
For example, the browser also allows you to use a Defender SmartScreen tool that helps you stay away from shady websites. By checking the site against a huge list of reported sites associated with phishing, malware, exploit, and scams, the tool alerts you if you want to enter a fraudulent website.
Another security tool you’ll find here is the feature to block shady software by turning on the Block potentially unwanted apps. These are the apps that aren’t considered malware but can represent a risk in other ways, such as including adware or other unwanted programs that accompany the apps.
Use a VPN to browse on Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is a relatively privacy-focused browser, especially when compared to others. It has plenty of tools that allow users to enhance their online privacy and security. Yet, these tools have their drawbacks, like reducing the functionality of certain websites, being too complex for non-tech-savvy users, and even not being good enough for those who want complete security.
This is where VPNs shine.
Virtual Private Networks do a great job in protecting Internet users’ private data and online security. They basically set up an encrypted communication channel between the device used to surf the web and the VPN server, which protects the users’ personal data as it passes into the wider Internet. More precisely, a VPN can hide users’ IP addresses, keeping their location secret from websites that provide these sites from logging their online activities.
If you are a Microsoft Edge user, use a VPN that adds an extra layer of protection to protect personal online data, while also taking advantage of the privacy features available in the browse engine.
Online privacy is a hot topic today among all Internet users. When you surf the web, no matter if you’re using Microsoft Edge or another browse engine, there are certain risks involved, like getting your data stolen and used for malicious purposes. So, it’s essential to take all necessary measures to ensure that you’re surfing the web safely.