Microsoft has now silently launched a New Mode for its web browser Edge. The New Mode offers a better security level, in exchange for some loss of functions. Tech giant taunted Super Duper Secure Mode in the summer and is now available to anyone running the latest stable Microsoft Edge build (v. 96.0.1054.29). You will find two separate configurations; Balanced and Strict, which determine the level of additional protection the user receives. The major difference is that the “Balanced mode” learns which sites the user frequents and loosens restrictions on these domains. However, the “Strict mode” applies restrictions across all websites, which may mean some elements no longer work as intended.
The CET is hardware-based exploit mitigation from Intel and the ACG (arbitrary code guard). However, both security features were previously set to ‘OFF’ for performance-related reasons by default. Point to be noted that Norman also wrote in his first announcement for the New Mode that performance and complexity often come at a cost. And often we bear this cost in the form of security bugs and subsequent patches. This reduction in attack surface kills half of the bugs we see in exploits and every remaining bug becomes more difficult to exploit. We lower costs for users but increase costs for attackers to put it another way. Moreover, “Super Duper Secure Mode” can be switched ‘ON’ at the foot of the Privacy tab in the Edge settings menu.