As part of the Chromium version of Edge, Microsoft is focusing on improving privacy to block web trackers from collecting data about you.
Starting with this new version, Microsoft Edge is introducing new “Tracking prevention” settings, which allows to choose among three different levels of privacy, including Basic, Balanced, and Strict to prevent malicious and advertisement companies from collecting your activities and other valuable information.
While all the levels offer features to block malicious trackers, the level of advertisement tracking will be different depending on the privacy level that you select.
How to configure tracking prevention level on Microsoft Edge
To configure tracking prevention level with Microsoft Edge, use these steps:
Open Microsoft Edge.
Click the Settings and More (three-dotted) button on the top-right corner.
Select the Settings option.
Click on Privacy and services.
Under the “Tracking prevention” section, turn on the Use tracking prevention toggle switch (if applicable).
Select the tracking prevention level, including:
- Basic — blocks malicious trackers but allows relevant ads.
- Balanced (recommended) — blocks malicious trackers and some third-party trackers, but you’ll experience less relevant ads.
- Strict — blocks the majority of online trackers, and as a result some websites may not work correctly.
(Optional) Click the Exceptions button in the bottom right.
Click the Add button.
Specify the website that you allow trackers when privacy prevention is enabled.
Click the Add button.Quick tip: Click the three-dotted button on the right to remove, block, or edit the website.
Once you complete the steps, you should be able to browse the web without worrying about malicious trackers, and you should starting seeing less targeted advertisements.
Update January 13, 2020: Originally published in August 2019, and it’s been updated to reflect the changes since the feature was first introduced.