Microsoft fixes one of the most criticized errors in the Windows web browser

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A short time ago, Microsoft had to open an umbrella and collect a wave of criticism that focused on something that had been discovered in the Windows browser. Because it seemed that the Redmond company was trying to go a little further than what was politically correct.

 

It cannot be said that we were surprised, at the time, that it was discovered a bug in the Edge browser for which it was importing data from other browsers without the user’s authorization. It was weeks ago and it caused quite a stir because it was suspected that it was the last twist in Microsoft’s strategy so that we end up using its browser. Now, yes, it has finally been solved.

This is what was happening

Authorizing Microsoft Edge to import data from Google Chrome is an option that has been available for some time and to which the browser has exposed users. But normaly always with a confirmation request in between, something logical considering what is usually common in this type of programs.

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@tomwarren this post bothered me for days so I reinstalled Windows++ confirmed that there’s an obscure setting to sync Chrome data into Edge (+ it’s shared to MSFT if you’re signed-in & sync your browsing data) — to turn it off , open Edge then: edge://settings/profiles/importBrowsingData

February 20, 2024 • 17:31

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However, at the end of January someone discovered that something was not right. This user was updating his computer while he had Chrome open with his browsing tabs. When the Windows update finished, the computer restarted. And when it came back on, he found that Edge opened on your computer with all tabs that I previously had open in the Google browser. That, as you can imagine, was no coincidence. It was about that bug now recognized by Microsoft that made Edge have more access to other browsers than it supposedly should have.

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It was not possible to deactivate it

 

In the process of discovering this controversial event, an option was also found in Edge where you could tell the program that you did not want it to absorb any type of data from other browsers. However, users were quick to report how it didn’t matter if you unconfigured it, because Microsoft Edge kept importing data from chrome when you started it.

In any case, the error is mentioned in the latest Edge update and Microsoft confirms that the problem has been solved. They indicate that, on different devices, this data import function would not be synchronizing correctly or displaying as it should. They also mention in the same text how it is a characteristic that requires user consent. Therefore, there should no longer be problems in this regard.

Microsoft Edge settings menu for accessing data from other browsers

However, it is most likely that you do not know it and have the function activated, as has been our case. What you have to do is proceed to deactivate it so that this does not happen to you again and that you do not share any data with Microsoft Edge without your authorization. What you have to do is the following. First open Microsoft Edge even if you are not used to it. Next, click on the three horizontal dots button indicated in the upper right corner.

That will display a menu where you have to choose the gear, which is the Settings option. Now, once inside, go down to where it says “Import browser data” and click. Then click on the “Edit preferences” option next to where it says “Import browsing data at each browser startup.” That It should display a menu of options that will surprise you because of the large amount of data that you may be sharing without you knowing it.

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Settings menu to customize data sharing options in Edge

What could be checked includes things like importing autofill settings, browsing history, cookies, extensions, payment information, passwords saved in Chrome, and, as we said before, open tabs. As you can see, this is not a volume of information to pass up if you have no intention of using Edge for anything. It is best, therefore, to enter and make the appropriate adjustments.