Microsoft Edge will soon include a free built-in VPN

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Microsoft has consistently tried to get more people to use Edge. Some of the ways it’s pursued that goal have been less well-received than others, but the latest effort to do so could be a useful addition to the software. On a support page noted by The Verge, the company revealed that it is adding a free built-in VPN service called Edge Secure Network to its web browser.

The company says the tool will encrypt your internet connection. You can use that functionality to protect your data from your internet service provider. As with most VPNs, you can also use Edge Secure Network to mask your location, giving you access to services that might otherwise be blocked in the country you live or visit.

If you find yourself traveling frequently, chances are Edge Secure Network won’t replace a paid VPN. The function limits you to 1 GB of data per month. It’s also worth noting that you need a Microsoft account to use the service. Microsoft has yet to begin testing the VPN. But once the feature is available, you can enable it from Edge’s three-dot icon. A new option called “Secure Network” will enable the VPN. When you’re done browsing, it will turn off automatically.

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