2015 September Edge

Is Edge the secure browser we’ve been searching for?

The release of Windows 10 hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. Quite a few errors, issues and glitches have popped up that could easily drive a user to madness. Many are experiencing a seemingly endless cycle of ‘download-crash-reboot-download-crash-reboot’ for days on end. Then, there’s also the Something Happened error, where literally all it says is “something happened.” Funny, yes. Fun to deal with, no.

Despite all these issues, though, the Windows 10 tagalong browser, Edge, is getting some major nods of approval for their innovative security features. This is certainly a significant departure from its predecessor, Internet Explorer. This was the whole idea, though. Microsoft vowed to make security their highest priority. In fact, Microsoft claimed that “security is a process, not a destination” and that they “will continue to work on browser security improvements” long after the launch of Windows 10.

But, they’ve done more than just talk about their intended marriage with security. A few months back they launched their Bug Bounty Program and asked the public if they would take cash for bugs. Long story short, Microsoft says they’ll pay a minimum of $500 to anyone that can “uncover significant vulnerabilities” for them.

All vulnerabilities aside, one of the major security perks is that Edge is actually a universal Window’s app that operates within a sandbox. To simplify this, imagine a literal sandbox and Edge is smackdab in the middle of it. This means that all browsing activity never touches anything outside of the sandbox—your operating system included. Because of this, if your browser is attacked, everything else will remain uncompromised. That’s certainly good news because it’s probably safe to say that most, if not all, malicious activity stems from your browser.

On top of all the other ‘standard’ security features—blocking cookies, private browsing, popup blockers—Edge also combines its sophisticated Passport and Smartscreen technology to authenticate and verify credentials. These two add-ons will make it significantly more difficult for you to accidently install malicious software or to venture into unfriendly browser territory.

All in all, Edge is a pretty safe browser and its security features can definitely go head-to-head with any other browser out there. But, if it’s not security you’re looking for, then here’s a list of some other pretty neat features within Edge.

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