Microsoft Edge adds a new browsing mode that puts security first

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Microsoft has just released version 98.0.1108.43 of its Edge browser. The update contains a handful of feature updates, including a new browsing mode that prioritizes security. Edge now allows users to customize their multi-profile experience, which means users can create a list of sites for which the browser will automatically switch profiles.

Here are the feature updates in Edge like described by Microsoft:

  • Improve your web security. This is a browsing mode in Microsoft Edge where browser security comes first, giving users an extra layer of protection when browsing the web. Administrators can apply group policies to end-user workstations (Windows, macOS, and Linux) to help protect against exploits in the wild (also known as 0-days). The following group policies support this browsing mode:
  • EnhanceSecurityMode
  • EnhanceSecurityModeBypassListDomains
  • EnhanceSecurityModeEnforceListDomains
  • Customize multi-profile experiences with profile preferences for sites. Users can personalize their multi-profile experience with the ability to create a custom list of sites for automatic profile switching in Microsoft Edge.
  • Three-digit version number to come in the user agent string. Starting with version 100, Microsoft Edge will send a three-digit version number in the User-Agent header, for example “Edg/100”. Starting with Microsoft Edge 97, site owners can test this next user agent string by enabling the #force-major-version-to-100 experience flag in edge://flags to ensure that their User agent parsing logic is robust and works as expected. .
  • Deprecate the SDP Plan B semantics of WebRTC. This change obsoletes an older dialect of Session Description Protocol (SDP) called Plan B. This SDP format is superseded by the Unified Plan, which is a specification-compliant, cross-browser compatible SDP format. For more information, see the Chrome Platform Status entry PSA: Plan B Expected to Launch M96 Beta and Stable, and PSA: Plan B Launches Drop Trial End Date stable and prolonged. Requesting a trial version of RTCPeerConnection Plan B SDP Semantics allows sites to continue using the deprecated API up to version 101.
  • Layered scrollbars added to Microsoft Edge. We’ve updated our scrollbars with an overlay-based design. Users can enable this feature in edge://flags.

There is also a long list of policy updates in the latest version of Edge, which are listed in a Microsoft support document.

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Microsoft Edge has a new browsing mode that puts security first. It also gets a small handful of other useful features in its latest update.

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