Edge gets new password security capabilities


Edge keeps evolving! Microsoft has baked in some new password security capabilities in its web browser that can point users directly to the password changing screen on the service they are using.

In this pilot stage, only a few sites currently support this feature. But Microsoft assures that it is working to get it ready for all major sites, with an expansion in the pipeline.

Microsoft Edge was, of course, already capable of monitoring passwords and fired a warning in cases where they had been exposed. But this new addition will take you directly to where you will be able to change your passwords.

Redmond explains this in detail:

“Should any of your saved credentials become compromised or need to be updated due to lack of strength/reused across multiple sites, you will now have the option to update passwords with just one click. Simply navigate to the Settings/Passwords page within Microsoft Edge and click on Change right next to the credentials you’d like to update.

This will take you directly to the change password page of the account in question. And with password generator, Microsoft Edge will even create a brand new, strong password for you and save it to continue to monitor on your behalf. Easy update is only available across a limited number of sites to start, but we will be working diligently to expand this list in the coming months. This is just another way in which Microsoft Edge is the fast and secure browser that helps you save time and money.”

Good stuff.

With features like these, Edge is truly well on its way to becoming one of the most advanced browsers on the market. And to think this is just the start for the Chromium based flavor of Edge.

It is this very transition that has allowed Edge to go truly multiplatform.

Just like Google Chrome, Edge is now available not only on Windows 11, but also Windows 10 and Windows 8, alongside dedicated versions aimed at macOS and Linux. Goes without saying that this new password security feature will go live on all support platforms.

How large a part of the Internet does it cover, that is the question.