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Microsoft Edge is getting a welcome Windows 10 security boost

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Microsoft has begun rolling out a new security feature for Edge in Windows 10 (opens in new tab) that will prevent unauthenticated users from using autofill to enter passwords in its browser.

Just like with other modern browsers, Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab) contains a built-in password manager (opens in new tab) that allows users to store and autofill their passwords. While convenient, the browser's password management feature could be abused if a user steps away from their computer.

For this reason, Microsoft is now testing a new optional feature in the Canary build of Edge that will require successful user authentication before you can begin using autofill to login to your online accounts.

Authentication required

Once enabled in Edge, this new feature will require users to authenticate using Windows Hello (opens in new tab) before allowing them to autofill passwords. However, this feature can also be enabled on devices that don't support Windows Hello.

To get started, users need to head to Edge's settings and select the Passwords option in the Profile page. Here you'll be able to decide if the browser will sign you into sites automatically or if you want to require authentication each time you try to sign in. There is also an option to only require you to sign in once every minute or once every session when trying to autofill passwords.

After enabling this new security feature in Edge, a Windows Security prompt will appear every time you try to use the browser's autofill feature to enter stored passwords. You'll be able to enter a PIN or use other Windows Hello methods such as facial recognition or fingerprint matching to authenticate and have Edge autofill passwords.

This feature is now being tested by Edge Canary users but it will likely come to the stable version of Edge in a future update to Microsoft's Chromium-based browser (opens in new tab).

Via Windows Latest (opens in new tab)

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.