I’ve never been one to bounce around between browsers. I was an ardent Firefox user for many years but started to consider an alternative after encountering more and more web pages that Firefox failed to render properly. I have never considered Chrome, Chrome is Google… enough said. Then, when the new Chromium-based Edge browser came along I decided to give it an extended trial and have stuck with it ever since. Edge includes a lot of nice features and options, one of which is an “Enhanced Security” feature.
Edge includes a tracking prevention feature that is enabled by default but, for some reason, the Enhanced Security feature is disabled. I’m going to show you where to find this feature and how to enable it.
Enabling Edge’s Enhanced Security
You’ll find all Edge’s security features under Settings > Privacy, search, and services. At the top of the page you should see the Tracking Prevention feature enabled and set to “Balanced” by default:
Scroll down the page until you see “Enhance your security on the web” — it’s the last item under the “Security” section:
“Turn on this mode to browse the web more securely and help protect your browser from malware”
Toggle the switch to On and then select a mode — either Balanced or Strict:
- Balanced: in this mode, frequently browsed sites will be left out. The feature will only turn on when you browse sites that you don’t engage with often or are unknown to you
- Strict: turns on the feature on all sites
You can also turn the feature off for specific sites — click Exceptions and then click the Add a site button:
A new dialogue box will open — type in or copy and paste the URL and then click the Add button:
You can add as many exceptions as you like but selecting Balanced mode in the first place should pretty much exclude all those sites you visit regularly and trust.
Edge got off to a very shaky start but, since moving to the Chromium base, Windows’ built-in browser has improved out of sight. And Edge is under constant development with new features and enhancements being added on a regular basis.
What browser do you use and why?