Microsoft recently updated Edge Chromium with a host of new features, including a new security tool called “Password Monitor” which offers on-demand scans to detect compromised passwords. So, if you’re worried about using leaked passwords on the web, here’s how you can use the new feature to get password breach alerts on Microsoft Edge and ensure your private data stays safe and secure.
Receive password breach alerts on Microsoft Edge
The new feature was released with version 89.0.723.0 on the Edge Chromium Dev channel earlier this month and is expected to roll out to beta and stable channels in the coming weeks. However, if you are eager to try out the new feature, you can check out the guide below on how to do it right now. We’ll also show how you can perform an on-demand scan using the new tool to detect leaked passwords.
To note: I’m using the Canary version of Microsoft Edge which is generally even more buggy and unstable than Dev Channel and not recommended for general users.
- To use the Password Monitor feature, start by download and install Microsoft Edge (Dev/Canary) on the official Edge Insider website (To free).
- Launch the browser and type (or copy+paste) ” edge://settings/passwords” (without quotes) in the address bar. Press “Enter”.
- Enable the option that says “Show alerts when passwords are found in an online leak”. It is disabled by default.
- To perform an on-demand scan, click/tap on the “Show results” option that appears when you enable the toggle.
- You will be presented with all the passwords you have saved in the browser. Click “Scan Now” to check if your saved passwords have been compromised.
That’s it. You will now receive password breach alerts on Microsoft Edge and can also perform on-demand scans to ensure all your online passwords are safe and secure.
Receive password leak alerts and perform on-demand scans using Microsoft Edge ‘Password Monitor’
With hacking and other forms of cybercrime reaching an all time high during the pandemic, it is imperative to ensure that our financial records, medical histories and other online activities remain private. The Password Monitor feature is another important Microsoft Edge feature that makes the browser a viable alternative to Google Chrome. So are you using the new feature and have any of your saved passwords leaked online? Let us know in the comments below.