Microsoft aims to make browsing safer with latest Edge beta

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Microsoft has rolled out Edge Beta build 98.0.1108.23 to insiders this week. The update adds new security options for administrators and helps users secure their website passwords. Layered scrollbars are also coming to the browser with the latest Edge beta.

Here’s what’s new in terms of feature updates:

Improve your web security. A browsing mode in Microsoft Edge where your browser’s security comes first, giving you an extra layer of protection when browsing the web. Administrators can apply the following group policies to end user workstations (Windows, macOS, and Linux) to help protect against zero days. These policies also allow important sites and line-of-business applications to continue to operate as expected. This feature is a huge step forward as it allows us to mitigate unplanned active zero days (based on historical trends). When enabled, this feature brings hardware-enforced stack protection, Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG), and Content Flow Guard (CFG) as support for security mitigations to increase user security on the website. Group Policies:

  • EnhanceSecurityMode
  • EnhanceSecurityModeBypassListDomains
  • EnhanceSecurityModeEnforceListDomains

Custom master password. The browser already has the capability where users can add an authentication step before saved passwords are auto-filled into web forms. This adds another layer of privacy and helps prevent unauthorized users from using saved passwords to log into websites. Custom Master Password is an evolution of this same feature, where users will now be able to use a custom string of their choice as their master password. Once enabled, users will enter this password to authenticate and autofill their saved passwords in web forms.

Layered scrollbars added to Microsoft Edge. We’ve updated our scrollbars with an overlay-based design. Users can enable this feature in edge://flags.

Microsoft also rolled out several policy changes with the update:

  • AddressBarEditingEnabled – Configure address bar editing.
  • EdgeFollowEnabled – Enable tracking service in Microsoft Edge.
  • EnhanceSecurityMode – Improve security state in Microsoft Edge.
  • EnhanceSecurityModeBypassListDomains – Configure the list of domains for which enhanced security mode will not be applied.
  • EnhanceSecurityModeEnforceListDomains – Configure the list of domains for which enhanced security mode will always be enforced.
  • InAppSupportEnabled – In-app support enabled.
  • MicrosoftEdgeInsiderPromotionEnabled – Microsoft Edge Insider promotion enabled.
  • PrintStickySettings – Print preview settings.
  • SandboxExternalProtocolBlocked – Allow Microsoft Edge to block navigations to external protocols in a sandboxed iframe.
  • U2fSecurityKeyApiEnabled – Allows use of the deprecated U2F Security Key API.

You can download Edge Beta now through Microsoft’s website.

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