Browsers and Mail Manually Scan for Leaked Passwords in Microsoft Edge


Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Data breaches worldwide have been on the rise and the security of your data is one of our top priorities. Password Monitor on the new Microsoft Edge notifies you when your online credentials have been detected on the dark web. If Microsoft Edge uncovers a match with your saved passwords, you will receive a notification on the browser informing that your credentials have been compromised. Through a dashboard view, people can see a list of all affected accounts, visit the websites directly, and take action accordingly.

After you turn on Password Monitor, Microsoft Edge begins proactively checking the passwords you’ve saved in the browser against a large database of known breached credentials that are stored in the cloud. If any of your passwords match those in the database, they will be shown on the Password Monitor page in Settings > Profiles > Passwords > Password Monitor. Passwords listed there are no longer safe to use and need to be changed immediately.

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.

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Starting with the latest version of Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary, you can now manually scan for compromised leaked passwords on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to manually scan for compromised leaked passwords with Password Monitor for your profile in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

Here's How:

1 Open Microsoft Edge.

2 Sign in to your Microsoft Edge profile using your Microsoft account or your work or school account.

3 Click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) 3 dots menu icon, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)


4 Click/tap on Profiles on the left side, and click/tap on Passwords on the right side. (see screenshot below)

If you do not see a left pane, then either click/tap on the 3 bars menu button towards the top left OR widen the horizontal borders of the Microsoft Edge window until you do.


5 Click/tap on the forward arrow icon under the turned on Show alerts when passwords are found in an online leak. (see screenshot below)


6 Click/tap on the Scan now button. (see screenshot below)


7 Wait until the scan in progress has finished. (see screenshot below)


8 When scan has finished, you will see if any leaked passwords have been found or not. (see screenshots below)

 What to do if you leaked passwords are found
  1. For each account where your password is shown to be unsafe, click/tap on the Change button. You will be taken to the relevant website. Change your password.
  2. If an entry in the list of leaked passwords is no longer relevant to you, you can click/tap on Ignore.

That's it,
Shawn Brink



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