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How to enable Password Monitor feature in Microsoft Edge



The "Password Monitor" feature was first introduced in Microsoft Edge Canary build at the end of June 2020. When you enable this feature, the Microsoft Edge browser will check all your saved browser passwords against a known repository of already exposed credentials. It will alert you if your online credentials have been detected on the dark web.

 

When your credentials are checked against the database of known leaked credentials, powerful encryption helps prevent your information from being revealed to anyone. Information about which password has been compromised is only available to you.

 

 

How to enable Password Monitor feature in Microsoft Edge

 

Recently, Microsoft released Edge Dev build 91.0.852.0 to the Edge Insiders. This update enhances several functionalities of Microsoft Edge and adds the Password Monitor feature available to all insiders in the Dev Channel. Once you enable this feature, it will alert you if your online credentials have been detected on the dark web. You can then either ignore the alert message or change the password by going to the respective website.

 

How to turn ON the 'Password Monitor' in Microsoft Edge?

To turn ON the "Password Monitor" feature in Microsoft Edge, follow the steps as mentioned below:

  1. Launch the latest version of the Microsoft Edge browser and click the "Settings and more" menu (the three dots at the top-right corner of the browser) or the keyboard shortcut Alt + F.
  2. Now navigate to Settings | Profiles | Passwords page.
  3. As shown in the following screenshot, turn ON the Show alerts when passwords are found in an online leak toggle button to start getting alerts from Microsoft if your password becomes compromised.
  4. How to turn ON the 'Password Monitor' in Microsoft Edge?

  5. After the toggle is turned ON, any unsafe passwords will be displayed on the Password Monitor page in your browser Settings | Passwords and also in the Settings and more menu.

 

 

What to do if you discover your password is unsafe?

If you discover that any of your saved passwords have been compromised in the Dark Web, you can follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Go to Settings | Profiles | Passwords | Password Monitor in your Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. For each account where your password is shown to be unsafe, select the Change button. You will be taken to the relevant website where you can change your password.
  3. What to do if you discover your password is unsafe?

  4. If an entry in the list of compromised passwords is no longer relevant to you, you can ignore it by clicking Ignore.