Making the Edge browser activities more secure, Microsoft has introduced a new feature called Authentication before Auto-Filling of Passwords. Under this, users can choose to set a function that would ask them to enter their Windows Hello prompt password before auto-filling passwords on web pages. This is available in Edge Canary and may come to a stable build soon.
Edge Browser New Security Feature
As Microsoft is pushing its Chromium-based Edge to the public in all ways possible, a genuine attempt like introducing new cool features can even have a better result. One such step is adding the password manager, which stores your web passwords securely in the Microsoft cloud, for retrieving whenever required.
And with a fine password manager comes the auto-filling of passwords functionality, which dumps the appropriate credentials into the web page when promoted. While this feature is beneficial, it may sometimes be insecure too. Thus, Microsoft is trailing with new support for this feature in Edge Canary build to make the browser more secure.
This is the introduction of Authentication before Auto-filling of Passwords. Though a hassle, it can make the web activities more secure, as pointed. Users can enable this in the Password settings of their Edge browser, where they’ll be asked to choose the frequency of authentication.
Users can set the frequency to Always, Once every minute, and Once every session, where they’ll be asked to authenticate via Windows Hello Prompt whenever there’s an auto-filling of passwords. This ensures the rightful owner of the device is accessing the web.
Users without Windows Hello Prompt will be asked to set a device password. This could be a PIN, password, or other biometric authentication. As it’s now available in Edge Canary to build, it may soon be able to come for a stable Edge version.