To make it stronger in the cybersecurity department, Microsoft is launching a bug bounty programme for its Chromium-based Edge, with the top reward being $30,000 for the most critical bugs.
In March, Microsoft released a Firefox and Chrome extension for Windows Defender Application Guard, a technology that enables admins to whitelist a pre-screened range of websites that users are allowed to visit inside the browser. This makes sure that no malware gets accidentally downloaded and installed from the web.
According to the company, the Edge programme for Edge Beta and Edge Dev channels will complement Google’s Chromium bug bounty.
If you’re interested in giving Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser a whirl, it’s available for download from the official Edge Insider website. In concrete terms, there’s a version for Windows 7, 8 (and 8.1), 10, as well as one for macOS. Please bear in mind that this is the beta version. However, the new Chromium-Edge, or ‘Chredge’ as many like to call it, is likely to become generally available in the near future.
To make further improvements, Microsoft is going through user feedback gathered from Edge canary, beta, and developer channels. In the following month, the Edge canary channel will be getting another cybersecurity addition: users will be given the option to block auto-playing audio and video.
In any case, cybersecurity researchers who are planning to take part in the programme are asked to present a clear demonstration that the bug works on the latest version of the browser that’s running on fully updated version of Windows or macOS.