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Microsoft Authenticator is getting its own password manager

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One of Windows 10's (opens in new tab) top security tools is getting a new tool that will help individuals manage their passwords.

Microsoft Authenticator uses encrypted messaging (opens in new tab) to generate a secure code that allows individuals to access their personal accounts, using their smartphone as an authentication device.

Now it appears that Microsoft Authenticator will soon be gaining password management functionality, giving users the ability to sync and manage their passwords from Microsoft’s Edge browser. Basically, the new password management functionality will work by allowing Microsoft Edge users to manage and store their passwords in Authenticator – once they have updated their settings to allow Authenticator to autofill passwords.

The new feature has currently only been spotted in beta A/B testing for iOS and Android apps, but it does appear to be making its way to more users of late.

Password protected

By bringing password management to Authenticator, Microsoft is creating a smoother experience for individuals that regularly switch between desktop and smartphone devices. Previously, although Edge included some password management features within its desktop settings, there was no standalone app boasting similar functionality.

It is not clear when password management will be offered to all Microsoft Authenticator users but the feature has been trialed since at least November, giving Microsoft a fair while to iron out any kinks already.

Although passwords remain the predominant method of authenticating users, they are highly susceptible to hacking. Password management tools help individuals avoid ‘password fatigue’ while also adding an extra layer of protection. Earlier this year, however, Microsoft warned that a two-factor authentication (opens in new tab) approach should not be relied upon to safeguard users, pointing them in the direction of multi-factor approaches, including those found within the Microsoft Authenticator app.

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Via Windows Central (opens in new tab)

Barclay has been writing about technology for a decade, starting out as a freelancer with ITProPortal covering everything from London’s start-up scene to comparisons of the best cloud storage services.  After that, he spent some time as the managing editor of an online outlet focusing on cloud computing, furthering his interest in virtualization, Big Data, and the Internet of Things.