Microsoft plans to launch a free VPN service with up to 1 GB of traffic per month for its Edge web browser.

Microsoft Edge Secure Network will work in partnership with Cloudflare, the US-based content delivery and security network, according to publication on the Microsoft support page.

It will offer encrypted tunneling 1 GB of traffic per month, but users will need to log in to their Microsoft account to use it. The company says this is to allow it to track free usage.

Enabling VPN, which users can achieve through the Edge menu, will also automatically launch the synchronization service by sharing bookmarks, passwords, and form data from Edge instances logged in to other user devices.

The strict data limit means that for most users, Microsoft Edge Secure Network will not be a substitute for a paid service, and some will question the uses for which their data will be used: one of the hallmarks of a good VPN service is that it is does not store user logs. It is also not clear what choice of output servers will be available. Nevertheless, it can provide a useful gap for users of airports and cafes who want to be more anonymous or secure unencrypted traffic.

Edge is not the first browser to offer free VPN service. Opera users have been able to take advantage of its unregistered VPN service for years, and last month expanded the offering to a paid version of VPN Pro, with 3,000 outputs and support for up to six Android devices for $ 3.99 a month.

Mozilla also offers a VPN for Firefox based on the highly regarded Mullvad service, although there is no free option in this case. Mozilla VPN costs $ 4.99 per month.

In the ongoing wars of browsers, VPNs are becoming a must-have. It can be said that they are less important for security than before, given that almost all web traffic is now encrypted via HTTPS. However, they add an extra layer of security and anonymity – and are useful for accessing many geo-restricted services.

However, as with many security solutions, you tend to get what you pay for. Over the years, it has been found that many free VPNs track their users or suffer from malware infections, poor connectivity and bandwidth.