In an attempt to improve Microsoft Edge on Windows 10,
Microsoft is now rolling out support for a new security feature
in the browser. The feature, which was introduced for some
users earlier today, will allow you to force authentication
before auto-filling passwords.
Like every other browser, Microsoft Edge also comes with a good
password management feature, and it lets you store and autofill
your passwords. In the Canary builds, Microsoft is testing a
new optional feature that will require successful user
authentication prior to auto-filling your passwords.
With the new feature is enabled, Microsoft won’t automatically
fill the passwords saved to the browser and require you to
authenticate the process using Windows Hello security features.
In case you own a device without Windows Hello support, you can
still enable the feature in Microsoft Edge by heading over to
the Profile page in the browser and selecting the Passwords
option. Here, tap on the “Require authentication” toggle under
the “Sign in” section to use Windows Hello-based PIN.
Once the feature is enabled, Microsoft Edge will bring up a
Windows Hello prompt every time you attempt to use the
browser’s autofill feature to enter the stored passwords.
Windows Hello in the prompt will require you to enter the PIN
for all password boxes when the first option “Always” is
selected. If you select the second option, you can autofill
your passwords without authentication for one minute. When the
third option is selected, authentication will be required once
With this capability, Microsoft is hoping to prevent
unauthorized access to saved passwords and it’s particularly
helpful if you don’t use a third-party password
manager. Although PIN is supported, other Windows Hello
methods such as biometric credentials remain the most secure
way to prevent unauthorized access to stored passwords.
In addition to security features,
Microsoft is also said to be working on fancy new features like
“Web widget”, which aims to enable floating search and news
dashboard support on Windows 10.