Microsoft Edge is getting new security improvements on Windows 10

Microsoft is working on two new security features for Chromium
Edge – Automatic HTTPS and Windows Hello authentication for
saved passwords.

Currently, when you type URLs into the address bar, Edge
attempts to open the insecure HTTP version of the website
before redirecting users to the HTTPS (if
available). Starting with version 92, Microsoft Edge
will automatically connect to the HTTPS versions of URLs when
you type into the address bar.

Initially, Edge’s Automatic HTTPS feature will be optional and
users can configure it by navigating to the Settings. Once
enabled, Microsoft’s HTTPS-only rule mode will upgrade HTTP
connections to HTTPS, which means the browser will first
attempt to connect to the HTTPS URL.

Edge HTTPS only mode

If you don’t see the option, you can also enable it using the
“Automatic HTTPS” flag.

The downside to HTTPS-only mode is that it may break websites
and result in HTTP errors if the website is still using the
insecure protocol. If the site doesn’t support secure protocol,
Edge will try to connect to the HTTP version after a few failed
attempts.

Google has also
enabled support for HTTPS-only mode in Chrome to improve
the performance and security of the browser.

Windows Hello integration in Microsoft Edge

Like Google Chrome or Firefox, Microsoft Edge can also access
and autofill your passwords synced to the Microsoft account.

Microsoft’s password manager makes it easy to log in to
websites like Twitter or Reddit by auto-filling the username
and passwords. You can also manage and edit your passwords from
the browser’s settings page.

To improve the security and privacy of users, Microsoft
recently started testing support for Windows Hello in Edge
Canary. The feature is now available for everyone on the Dev
Channel and users can enable it to improve the security of the
autofill feature.

Edge authentication

To test this feature, open Microsoft Edge Dev or Canary and
navigate to Settings > Profile > Passwords. Enable the
option “required authentication” to force Windows Hello
authentication each time you try to sign in using the saved
passwords.

As you can see in the above screenshot, Microsoft Edge
currently offers three options:

  • Always – This will require authentication each time you try
    to sign in.
  • Once every minute.
  • Once every session.

It’s important to remember that Windows Hello doesn’t always
require special hardware for Micorosft Edge. You can use
methods such as PIN, fingerprint or iris scan to authenticate
Edge’s password manager.

Edge Windows Hello

Once configured, a security prompt will appear every time when
you attempt to use one of the saved passwords.

In addition,
Microsoft Edge is also getting support for Office Viewer,
Windows Search integration and more in the next big update.

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