Microsoft Edge is getting a major security upgrade, but only if you have the right hardware

Microsoft Edge
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Browsing the web in Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab)will soon be even safer as Microsoft is currently in the process of adding Intel's Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (CET) to its browser (opens in new tab).

Microsoft first adopted CET (opens in new tab) through an implementation known as Hardware-enforced Stack Protection (opens in new tab) back in March of this year. Hardware-enforced Stack Protection leverages the Intel CET chipset security extension to secure Windows applications from Return-Oriented Programming (ROP), Jump Oriented Programming and other common exploit techniques.

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While Edge will soon use CET to provide users with an even safer browsing mode, there is a big catch as you'll need to be running either an Intel 11th Gen (opens in new tab) or an AMD Zen 3 (opens in new tab) processor to enable this feature.

Control-flow Enforcement Technology

Although CET support was originally intended to ship with version 94 of Edge (opens in new tab) in September, according to a new post (opens in new tab) in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, this feature has been slightly delayed and will now be arriving in October with the release of Edge version 95.

Organizations that wish to disable CET can do so by changing Image File Execution Options (IFEO) using group policy.

Although many organizations are planning to adopt hybrid work (opens in new tab) polices, many employees are still working from home (opens in new tab) and by adding CET support to Edge, Microsoft will help keep workers safe from attacks and exploits designed to be delivered remotely.

Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.