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Turn On and Use Microsoft Edge Secure Network VPN Service

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

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 service provided in partnership with Cloudflare.

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. See below instructions to turn on your Microsoft Edge Secure Network.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on and use the Microsoft Edge Secure Network built-in VPN service to protect your browsing.

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How to Enable or Disable VPN page in Settings in Windows 10

The VPN page in Settings > Network & Internet allows users to change the following settings:

If you like, you can disable the VPN page in Settings to prevent any of these settings from being changed by users on the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the VPN page in Settings for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Enable and Use Free Built-in VPN in Opera browser

Opera is the first and still only major browser that integrates a free, unlimited VPN service, allowing you to focus on the content that matters without fear of losing privacy.

Normally, your browser connects directly to websites, allowing websites to identify your IP address and its approximate location. With VPN, you connect to websites via a VPN server. As a result, your apparent location changes to the location of the server.

With Opera’s VPN turned on, your IP address will be replaced with a virtual one, making it harder for websites to track your location and identify your computer. Many tracking cookies will also be blocked.

From the point-of-view of websites, your browser is now located in the region given by the virtual location. To change your virtual location, select a region from the list. If you do not choose a region, you are automatically assigned an “optimal location”. To turn off VPN, flip the switch in the badge.

Because the connection from your browser to the VPN server is encrypted, even if the local network is not, VPN enhances your privacy on the local network. You can hide your browsing activities from other users of that network.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable and use the free built-in VPN service in Opera browser for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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