Microsoft Researchers Tease “Super Duper Secure Mode” For Edge
Mike Sanders / 2 months ago
Ever since the release of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge internet browser in early 2020, it has, slowly but surely, been tempting a significant number of users away who were once very firmly entrenched in the Google Chrome camp. Many of us here at eTeknix made the swap shortly after its release and given the fact that none of us have felt compelled to change back since, this is perhaps the biggest indicator you need that, at least when compared to the original Edge, the new version is massively better.
When it comes to any sort of online activity, however, there will always be some users who place a higher premium on security over performance, and following a report via The Verge, Microsoft researchers have teased that a new Edge update might bring with it a “super duper secure mode”.
Microsoft Edge “Super Duper Secure Mode”
Therefore, this new “super duper secure mode” would look to place the browser in an operating state in which this ‘feature’ would not be used. The good side is that this would mean that accessing websites would hugely limit the potential for any security exploits within the code to be executed. The downside is that it could see many more complex ones, such as Facebook, load/run more slowly.
What Do We Think?
As we understand it, for those who are members of the Windows Insider program, an early release test build of this new updated Edge browser can be downloaded. As such, you can apparently try this new super-secure mode out. Microsoft has, however, suggested that, at least at the time of writing, this new ‘super secure’ mode is only in a concept state and, as such, it may not ever see an official release. As noted above, the main issue seems to lie in it causing websites to load exceptionally slowly.
On the plus side, however, the security research team has indicated that it may be subject to improvements that would see it only enabled (automatically) on known problematic websites. Better still, users may also have the option (presumably by a convenient button somewhere on the dash) to turn this immediately on or off so you can bespoke its usage depending on your activity.
Whether they’ll be able to improve this enough to make a genuinely viable, and potentially very useful, update to Edge, however, for the moment seems unclear.
What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!