It shouldn’t be surprising that any company might be interested in spying on you. Analytics is one of the many ways these companies thrive by learning everything they can about their customers. Including their browsing habits within other browsers, which is exactly what Microsoft Edge browser does.
You’d think a browser would be limited to spying on what goes on within it but this isn’t the case. Browsers can also spy on everything you’re doing elsewhere. So much for having one browser for work and another for play.
This allows the Microsoft Edge browser to copy bookmarks, settings, and even your browsing history. All so it can mimic what you use Google Chrome for and tailor its ads and services even more to your specific habits.
Thankfully, there is an easy way of turning this off in Microsoft Edge:
- Locate the main menu at the top right of the browser and click on it (three dots)
- Click on “Settings”
- Click on “Import browser data”
- Find “Import browsing data at each browser launch” and click on “Edit preferences”
- Click on “Turn off” if this is what the button says. This should make the button switch to “Turn on” (which you obviously don’t click as this would reverse your actions).
It’s unfortunate that we live in a world, where all of these companies we trust on a daily basis, spy on us. Data mining is a lucrative business for these companies that leads to product success and profit. At least, you can take steps to educate yourself to fight back.