Security

How to enable security mitigations to secure Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge gets a new feature to enhance the security of the browser and block malware on Windows 11.

Microsoft Edge security mitigations

Starting with version 96 and higher releases, Microsoft Edge includes a new feature formerly known as Super Duper Secure Mode, which adds an extra layer of security and helps protect the browser from malware.

According to the company, bugs in JavaScript are among the most common ways that attackers exploit. The technology is called JIT (Just-in-Time), and it’s meant to render sites faster, but it can also lead to security exploits. The new Edge feature improves browsing security by turning off the JIT (Just-in-Time) JavaScript engine and enabling additional security mitigations. Although disabling the technology will impact performance, it’s unlike that most people will see a significant difference in the real world.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to enable and configure the Super Duper Secure Mode on Microsoft Edge on Windows 11.

Enable security mitigations on Microsoft Edge

To enable security mitigations to make the browsing experience more secure, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Click the ellipses (three-dotted) menu and select the Settings option.

  3. Under the “Security” section, turn on the Enable security mitigations for a more secure browser experience toggle switch.

  4. Select one of the available options:

    • Balanced: Adds security mitigations for sites you don’t frequently visit, most sites work as expected, and blocks security threats.
    • Strict: Adds security mitigations for all sites, parts of sites might not work, and blocks security threats.

    Microsoft Edge security mitigations

  5. (Optional) Click the Exceptions option if you want to prevent specific sites from using this feature.

  6. Click the Add a site button.

    Enhanced security mitigations exceptions

  7. Confirm the website you don’t want to mitigate.

  8. Click the Add button.

Once you complete the steps, the browser will offer an extra layer of protection while surfing the internet.

If you enable and configure the security feature, but some websites are not working as expected, then change the configuration level, add the site to the exception list, or turn off the feature.

These instructions are meant for Windows 11, but the same steps will work on Windows 10 or in any platform where the feature is supported.