Microsoft Edge is the best browser for blocking phishing websites

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The Microsoft Edge app for Android is available globally, not just in the USA, and allows users to seamlessly work back and forth between a mobile device and a desktop PC. On the Windows Home and Pro versions there's no way to completely turn-off the telemetry system. "That results in an intrusive profile of yourself", according to Wilbert Tomesen, vice-chairman of the Dutch DPA. Microsoft needs to make it clear to users that they can reject the data collection as well.

In the company's testing of 36,120 different instances involving the access of 1,136 suspicious URLs over a 23-day period, the company found Edge to provide significantly more protection than its Google- and Mozilla-made alternatives.

According to the Dutch DPA, the goal of telemetry is two-fold. "They are not informed which data are being used for what objective, neither that based on these data, personalized advertisements and recommendations can be presented, if those users have not opted out from these default settings on installation or afterwards".

As operating systems and browsers become more and more secure malicious actors are finding it increasingly more worthwhile targeting the unchanging weak link in the chain, the user, using techniques such as phishing and spear phishing to trick users into willingly giving up their important data and credentials.


"If a person does not actively change the default settings during installation, it does not mean he or she thereby gives consent for the use of his or her personal data", adds the Dutch DPA. Also, it is switched on by default that Microsoft may use the telemetry data to show personalised advertisements and recommendations in Windows and Edge, and that app developers may show personalised ads in apps.

The Dutch DPA exemplified the fact that Microsoft collects data about which news articles users read in the Edge browser, without making them aware that this data is being collected. Though Microsoft did give users an overview of the categories of data collected via basic telemetry, for the full telemetry it informs users in a general way, the Dutch agency claimed.

Replying to the concerns raised by the Dutch agency, Microsoft said it is working to comply with the Dutch data protection law. Further, the company said that the Creators Update and upcoming Fall Creators Update will make it easier for the users to control their privacy options. With that, the company is now moving on to platforms like Android and iOS.

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