Every year, hundreds of millions of usernames and passwords are exposed online as a result of data leaks on websites or apps.
Leaked usernames and passwords are frequently sold on the online black market known as the Dark Web. Hackers use automated scripts to try various stolen username and password combinations in order to gain access to people’s accounts. If one of your accounts is compromised, you may be subjected to fraudulent transactions, identity theft, unauthorized fund transfers, or other criminal activities.
Although people are frequently warned against using the same username and password combination for more than one online account, it is a common practice that exposes them to risk on multiple sites if even one password is compromised.
Password Monitor protects your online accounts in Microsoft Edge by notifying you when any of your passwords have been compromised, allowing you to update them. While Google Chrome has Password Protection to help users secure their data. Changing your passwords as soon as possible is the best way to keep your account from being hijacked.
How Password Monitor works
Microsoft has released a new feature called Password Monitor, which alerts users if any of their saved passwords have been compromised by a third party.
This is accomplished through the use of password hash comparison (so that Microsoft does not actually learn or store passwords anywhere), so users can be confident that neither Microsoft nor any other party can learn their passwords while they are being monitored for breaches.
When you enable Password Monitor, Edge checks the passwords you’ve saved in the browser against a massive database of known leaked passwords stored in the cloud on a regular basis (you can also force it). If any of your passwords match those in the database, they will be displayed on the Password Monitor page in the Microsoft Edge Settings. You will also receive a pop-up notification if new ones are discovered. This basically means that “any passwords listed there are no longer safe to use” and that you should change them right away.
In addition to the information available on the Password Monitor page, you may receive one or more of the following notifications notifying you that you have risky passwords that need to be updated:
- Sign in to Microsoft Edge with your Microsoft account, as well as your work or school account.
- Go to Settings and more > Passwords can be accessed via Settings > Profiles.
- Turn on the Show alerts when passwords are discovered in an online leak option.
- Any potentially dangerous passwords will then be displayed on the Password Monitor page.
Responding to notifications
If Edge notifies you that a user/password combination has been compromised and is thus no longer secure, you can learn more here:
Settings and more > Settings > Profiles > Passwords > Password Monitor.
You will see a list of all the unsafe passwords discovered by Microsoft, and you will be redirected to that site to update and change your password for each account listed on the page. If an entry in the list of compromised passwords is no longer relevant (you may have deleted your account, for example), you can ignore it; however, if only one site is compromised and you use that account elsewhere, change it!
How to Enable or Disable Chrome Password Protection
- Click the Chrome menu (3 dots on the upright corner) in the toolbar and choose Settings.
- Click Privacy and Security > Security.
- Then select Standard protection.
- You can turn on/off Warn you if passwords are exposed in a data breach by clicking on the toggle.
Once your password has been breached by another party, Chrome will notify you immediately. So make sure you change your password right away to avoid any criminal activities using your data.
These steps show you that it’s an easy task you need to do to guarantee your data to leaked and secure it. If you have any question drop on below comment box, We ho we can provide you with a satisfying answer.