Why is Microsoft Edge so bad

Microsoft Edge does particularly badly in the privacy study

Microsoft already released its new Chromium-based Edge a while ago and the redesigned browser of the Redmond group has also found quite a lot of friends. In a privacy study, however, it comes off badly. For many users, privacy is perhaps the most important feature that software should offer, and the browser is of course one of them or is even at the top of the list. Douglas Leith, computer science professor at Trinity College in Dublin, has looked at six currently popular browsers and, together with his staff, mainly checked which connections they had to backend servers and what was being transmitted.

Six browsers put to the test

The focus was on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Brave, Microsoft Edge and the Yandex browser. As Naked Security explains (via Dr. Windows), several tests were used to find out whether the applications track the user's IP address or whether details about page visits leaked.

Leith and his team looked at how browsers "radio home" when they are started after a reinstallation or reboot or what happens when you type or copy a page into the address bar and then call it up.

The conclusion of the security experts can be divided into three categories: Particular, moderate and not very secure applications (in terms of privacy). It is somewhat surprising that Firefox, where the topic of privacy is repeatedly referred to, does not end up in the top category.

The test winner was Brave

Because the only program that the Irish experts can fully recommend is the Brave browser. Incidentally, this is developed by Brendan Eich, who was Chief Technical Officer and CEO at or from Mozilla and thus Firefox for a long time. Incidentally, the latter ended up in the middle with Chrome and Safari.

The poor performance of Edge is somewhat to very surprising: Because the new Microsoft browser ranks behind the Yandex browser, and the Chromium foundation is of no use either. The problem in both cases is the use of identifiers that are linked to the device hardware. With Edge, the browser also contacts a (advertising) server from Microsoft, which sends back several identifiers and sets corresponding cookies. Microsoft explains this behavior on a support page and writes that this can also be switched off and deleted from the servers.

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