At least, more secure than the competition, Chrome and Firefox. Microsoft recently outlined plans to make the Edge web browser a bit more waterproof when it comes to security.
This, via a few new security features that are being added to the platform, and the browser.
Redmond announced these at its Ignite 2016 conference, dubbing this new technology Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge. In a nutshell, it is a feature that works similar to how virtual machines function.
In that it isolates threats and prevents them from accessing files and data stored on local drives.
The software titan went into the details soon after announcing this new functionality, and even posted a comparison graph that showed how Edge had fewer vulnerabilities since its launch, compared to Chrome and Firefox.
Proof that the security enhancements Microsoft has made are paying off:
As the blog post describes, this new feature only kicks in when the user loads an untrusted or unknown website, blocking access to memory, local storage, other installed apps and corporate storage —essentially, everything that could make the attack successful.
More so, no access to user credentials is provided, which means that they are 100% safe when browsing these websites:
“Application Guard creates a new instance of Windows at the hardware layer, with an entirely separate copy of the kernel and the minimum Windows Platform Services required to run Microsoft Edge. The underlying hardware enforces that this separate copy of Windows has no access to the user’s normal operating environment.”
And since temporary containers are used, they are destroyed when the website is closed, and this means no data like cookies are stored on local drives.
Windows Defender Application Guard is not yet available, but the software titan aims to launch it for Insiders in the next few builds so that they can test this new functionality out. And if things go to plan, users and organizations will have access to it most likely with the next Redstone refresh.
That is set to debut in the spring.