The Security of Microsoft Edge and How to Tighten It
So what exactly is ‘Microsoft Edge’ by the way?
Well, for starters, it is considered as the best browser option for Windows that allows its users to sync their passwords, favorite tools and settings across multiple devices. In plain terms, this is a browser that happens when Microsoft enters into the web browser business.
If you use Microsoft Edge, you should make sure your security is as tight as it can be. To assist you in achieving this, Edge provides a number of settings.
This will shield the user from harmful websites and files by a SmartScreen feature. A setting for possibly undesired apps prevents the download of dubious or unreliable programs.
If you write a URL incorrectly and might end up on a rogue website, a typosquatting checker will alert you. Additionally, an improved security option enables you to select a particular security setting to protect your browser from malware.
The security settings can be accessed by clicking the ellipsis button in the top right corner, choosing Settings, and then selecting the Privacy, search, and services setting. You can find the Security section by scrolling down.
Microsoft Edge options for enhancing security
Delete potentially unwanted applications
The subsequent choice for stopping the download of potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that can bog down your computer, show intrusive advertisements, or attempt to install other software is done automatically by deleting potentially unwanted apps. The apps that this setting blocks tend to be disruptive and obtrusive rather than malicious. Occasionally, this one will produce a false positive, just as SmartScreen. But if you want to avoid false positives, you should keep it active and just disable it when necessary.
Activate the web security improvement switch
To further shield you from malware and other risks, Edge also offers an enhanced security mode. You can choose between Basic, Balanced, or Strict levels of protection when the button for enhancing your online security is turned on.
Basic activates security protection for all websites and is compatible with less frequently visited websites. Balanced should function with the majority of websites and provides security protection for infrequently accessed websites. Strict activates security for all websites, although it could interfere with specific websites or sections of websites.
To verify if the websites you visit still function properly, you might want to start with Balanced.
There are two things you may do if you encounter any difficulties. Go to the Basic level instead, or create an exception for the problematic website by choosing the Exceptions setting and entering its URL.
Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Option
The initial selection in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen makes an effort to shield you from dangerous websites and downloads. In general, this is a useful function because it will immediately prevent the download of websites and files that are considered harmful or suspicious.
When you’re trying to download a file that you are certain is authentic, SmartScreen can occasionally annoy you by producing an excessive number of false positives. But in this case, I’d suggest flipping the switch. You can always turn it off, at least temporarily, if you do run into too many false positives.
Turn on the typosquatting detector
If you write a URL incorrectly and are forwarded to a potentially harmful website, Typosquatting Checker’s third option will alert you. Cybercriminals will create malicious websites that look like the URLs of trustworthy websites but contain extra, removed, or modified characters. This activity is known as typosquatting. The typosquatting checker will notify you if you attempt to browse one of these websites if you choose this option.
Activating site security services
If you click the Lock icon in the address bar, the fourth option for Turn on site safety services to acquire more information about the sites you visit offers information about the current site. This option, which reveals details about the connection’s security, the number of cookies being used, and the number of trackers being prevented, is beneficial for both trustworthy and dubious websites, so you should turn it on.
Use encrypted DNS
Another choice is to enable the use of encrypted DNS to indicate how to seek up websites’ network addresses. Smart cybercriminals are capable of pulling off a ruse known as DNS hijacking, in which they utilize DNS queries to reroute your website requests to harmful websites. Many DNS providers utilize a feature called Secure DNS to protect against this kind of abuse.
By default, Edge uses the DNS provided by the company or service provider you are currently using, which may or may not be Secure DNS. Activate this option, then select a service provider from the drop-down menu to protect yourself.
Then, from the list, select an alternative DNS service, such as Google, NextDNS, or OpenDNS, all of which employ Secure DNS.
Place the browser to always browse in Private and use “Strict” tracking protection
Turn on the switch for “Security” as the last selection under If you want the strict level to be used when you open a website in an In-Private window, always use “Strict” tracking prevention.
When visiting the web, there are two things you may do in addition to adjusting these security settings. Select New In-Private Window by clicking the ellipsis button at the top. By using this, you can access a website in private mode, which prevents searches on Microsoft Bing from being linked to you and erases your browsing history once you leave the browser window.
The New Application Guard Window option
This procedure safeguards your computer’s operating system from any virus that might surface in Edge. This is not a feature you’d likely use very frequently unless you’re using Edge in a professional or business setting. However, you might wish to open it in this mode if visiting a dubious website worries you.