Browsing the web can be risky, and your browser is the first defense you have against all the evil lurking on websites and apps. Now Microsoft Edge is raising the bar by adding a new, toggleable “enhanced security mode” that makes you even more secure when exploring the web.
A new set of security options for Microsoft Edge
As sighted 9to5MacMicrosoft Edge 104 includes some new security options. They are disabled by default, but you can enable them by typing “edge://settings/privacy” into Microsoft Edge’s search bar.
Once you arrive, you should see a toggle next to a category titled “Improve your safety online.” Toggle this switch and you’ll be greeted with three different options: Basic, Balanced, and Strict.
Basic is the recommended setting, and it adds “security mitigations” for less-visited sites. Balanced does the same thing, except it affects sites you personally don’t visit often, rather than just infrequently visited sites overall.
If you set the option to Strict, things get a bit dicey. When enabled, Microsoft Edge begins applying increased security to every website you visit. Even Microsoft doesn’t think this is a good idea, as it notes in the option’s description that “parts of websites may not work”.
However, if you want to use the new strict mode, there is a whitelist feature that allows you to add websites that you know are safe. And you can also set Edge to turn on strict mode automatically when you use the private browsing feature.
A promising venture for Microsoft Edge
Microsoft has a big challenge ahead if it wants Edge to become the world’s most popular browser. Google Chrome currently takes the lion’s share of users, so Microsoft needs to roll out features into Edge to convince people to stick with it rather than switch browsers.
This new security mode appears to be a winner for setting up a PC for those who aren’t as technically proficient. If you’re walking someone through their PC and worried they might end up on the wrong side of the internet, you can set Edge to Balanced or Strict and let the browser do the defense for you. And this setting could be an asset to people who set up public PCs and don’t want people catching viruses on them.
While this new security mode might not mean much to power users, it does seem promising for keeping a PC safe when in the hands of someone less capable. And for that, we may see more people decide to stick with Edge because those security options are “set and forget.”
Take the edge off the edge
With Microsoft Edge’s new security options, setting up a secure PC right out of the box has never been easier. We’ll have to see if that’s enough to convince people it’s worth sticking with Edge.
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