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  • Internet Explorer and Edge send the full URL of every page you visit to MS, plus your unique account ID

    Posted on July 22nd, 2019 at 06:30 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I didn’t know that.

    It all has to do with the “SmartScreen Filter,” designed to keep you away from malicious sites. Chrome, Firefox and Safari solved the phone home problem years ago with techniques that vet bad sites locally, on your computer, without leaving a trail in the sky.

    Thx Catalin Cimpanu, @campuscodi, who adds “this has been known since 2005. Documented in official MSFT FAQ pages.”