Version 80 of Microsoft & # 39; s Edge browser, now based on the Chromium source code, launched on January 15, and with that an increased focus on privacy.
Edge contains tools to block both first-party cookies (used to log you in or remember the items in your shopping cart) and third-party tracking cookies (used to track your browsing activity). Below you will find instructions on how to change your settings, view which trackers are stored in your browser and delete cookies. We also discuss how Edge handles fingerprints, another way of tracing that identifies users by collecting details about their system configuration.
Dealing with trackers
The new version of Edge blocks trackers with one of three different security levels as standard. & # 39; Balanced & # 39 ;, which is active upon installation, blocks some third-party trackers along with trackers that are identified as & # 39; malicious & # 39 ;. This mode takes into account sites that you visit often and the fact that an organization can own multiple sites; it lowers tracking prevention for organizations with which you have regular contact. "Basic" offers more relaxed control; it still blocks trackers, but only those Microsoft describes as "malicious". You can also switch to & # 39; Strict & # 39 ;, which blocks most third-party trackers on sites.
To change your security level, follow these steps:
- Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of your browser window and go to & # 39; Settings & # 39; and then & # 39; Privacy and services & # 39 ;.
- Ensure that & # 39; Tracking prevention & # 39; is on, and then select the desired level.
Adjust your tracking settings
Although Edge offers you the three easy-to-choose tracking modes, you can also dive deeper to see which trackers are blocked and make exceptions for specific sites.
- Search the page & # 39; Privacy and services & # 39; to the link & # 39; Blocked trackers & # 39; just below the three tracking prevention modes. Here you can see all trackers that Edge has blocked.
- Below that is the & # 39; Exceptions & # 39; link where you can specify sites where tracking prevention should be disabled.
When you are on a site, you can see how effective your tracking prevention is by clicking on the lock symbol on the left side of the top address field. The drop-down list allows you to view the associated cookies and site permissions, allow or disable pop-ups, adjust the tracking permissions for that site, and see which trackers are blocked.
Clean up your cookies
Conveniently, Edge can delete various types of data every time you close it, including browsing history, passwords and cookies.
- Go to the "Clear browsing data" section of "Privacy and service" (found under the above-mentioned tracking) prevention levels).
- Click the arrow next to "Choose what you want to delete every time you close the browser."
- Enable one of the data categories that you want to delete every time you close Edge.
You can also delete your cookies and other data manually at any time:
- Next to & # 39; Delete browsing data now & # 39; on the & # 39; button Choose what you want to delete & # 39 ;. This opens a smaller window with different options.
- Select the box for "Cookies and other site data" or any other type of data that you want to delete.
- Click on "Delete now."
There are also other privacy features on the "Privacy and services" page, including options to send a "Do Not Track" request (although the usefulness of such a request may be questionable) and to choose your search engine .
Fingerprints and ad blocking
According to Microsoft, the three tracking prevention modes (especially the strict mode) will help protect against the type of personalization that is caused by fingerprints.
Edge does not block ads natively, but you can download ad blocking extensions. Because the browser is now based on Chromium, many Chrome extensions (as well as extensions from the Microsoft Store) work with this latest version of Edge, a clear advantage.
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