How to enable New password monitor feature in Microsoft Edge?

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How to enable the newly released Password Monitor feature in Microsoft Edge Browser?

Microsoft updated its Edge browser with a completely new look and design, with lots of amazing features. Earlier we saw how Microsoft forced users with Windows 10 2004 update to use Microsoft’s Edge browser instead of Google’s Chrome. But the new May 2020 Windows 10 2004 update has gone a step further in pimping Microsoft Edge to Windows 10 users. As the users start their Windows 10 with the 2004 version, they noticed that the Microsoft Edge is automatically starting.  We also reported that Firefox users claimed the updated Microsoft Edge browser secretly imports their Firefox data.

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But now to draw the attention of the users’ company has launched a new password monitor feature in its Microsoft Edge browser. Microsoft explains that such a feature comes in handy especially as many people keep using the same password over and over again, despite being advised against doing it.

Hackers use automated scripts to try different stolen username and password combinations to hijack people’s accounts. When an account is taken over, its owner can be the target of fraudulent transactions, identity theft, illegal fund transfers, or other illegal activities

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According to the company, Password Monitor in Microsoft Edge is introduced to help keep your online accounts safe from hackers. When enabled, Password Monitor is a feature that notifies you if the credentials you’ve saved to autofill have been detected on the dark web. If Microsoft Edge uncovers a match with any of your saved username + passwords, you will receive a notification from within the browser prompting you to take action.

Through a dashboard in Settings, you can view a list of all leaked credentials and get routed to their respective websites to change your password. Once the password has been changed, save the new credential to autofill and continue browsing with peace of mind knowing that Microsoft Edge and Password Monitor have your back.

Animated GIF of Passwords Monitor user interface

[Image Source: Microsoft]

How to enable Microsoft Edge Password Monitor?

Microsoft has added a dedicated option in this regard at the following location in the browser:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Open Profiles
  4. Select Passwords
  5. Show alerts when passwords are found in an online leak
  6. Done!! you have enabled the password monitor successfully.

Note: Microsft Edge has set the password monitor disabled as the default selection, to enable it you need to follow the above steps.

The Password Monitor is available in all versions of the browser, regardless of the platform that you are running – the Chromium engine allowed Microsoft to bring Edge to non-Windows operating systems as well, so in addition to Windows 10, it’s also available on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and macOS; a Linux version is also on its way.

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