Privacy and Security in Edge

Learn about Microsoft Edge privacy and Microsoft Edge security in this free lesson.

Maintaining your privacy in Edge

Edge takes great care to keep your personal information private. It offers many ways to control your privacy, including modifying your privacy settings, deleting your history, and browsing in a private window.

Privacy settings

Edge allows you to control some of the information you share online, which you can modify in your privacy settings. We recommend not changing Edge's default selections, as they allow for the best balance of privacy and security while browsing. However, you can modify them if you want.

To modify your privacy settings:

  1. Click the More button, then select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select View advanced settings.
  3. From here, you can customize your privacy settings. For example, you can tell websites that you don't want your browsing habits tracked, block cookies, and more.

Deleting browsing history

Like all browsers, Edge keeps a record of every website you visit in your browsing history. You may want to remove some or all of your browsing history for the sake of privacy.

To remove specific sites from your history:

  1. Click the Hub button, then select the History tab.
  2. Right-click the site you want to remove, then click Delete.

To clear all browsing data:

Edge makes it easy to delete some or all of your history. For example, sometimes you might want to remove only your history from the past hour instead of removing your entire history. You might also want to remove all of your saved pages and cookies but keep your saved passwords.

  1. Click the Hub button, then select the History tab.
  2. Select Clear all history.
  3. A new menu will appear. Choose the browsing data you'd like to delete. When you're ready, click Clear.
  4. The selected browsing history will be cleared.