Microsoft added a password manager to its Edge browser and it also includes a password monitor that alerts users to 3rd-party data breaches…
Software giant Microsoft is integrating a new security and privacy tool into its rebuilt Edge browser. Appropriately enough, it’s called Password Monitor. And, it does precisely what one would imagine — it informs users of third-party data breaches that affects their accounts. It’s a new safeguard against online hacks and copies the same security features already available on rivals Chrome and Firefox.
Microsoft Edge Password Monitor Debuts
The new Microsoft Edge Password Monitor is going live now and is scheduled to roll out to all users over the next couple of weeks. What makes Edge’s version different from its competition is the fact it uses something called homomorphic encryption. This means neither Microsoft nor any other party is able to learn users’ passwords, even when those people are actively being monitored for leaks.
Microsoft says that homomorphic encryption is a relatively new cryptographic technology and is the result of extensive and detailed research. It even trawls the dark web to find any evidence of leaked credentials. Microsoft explains in a blog post:
“Despite having the strongest of passwords, however, factors outside of your control still happen, like third-party data breaches. This is why Microsoft Edge protection goes beyond that first line of defense to offer dark web scanning with Password Monitor. When any of your passwords saved to the browser matches with those seen in the list of leaked credentials, Microsoft Edge will notify you and prompt you to update your password. Password Monitor scans for matches on your behalf and is on by default.”