Microsoft is adding a new feature to its Edge browser called Password Monitor that will, as the name suggests, monitor your passwords and notify you if any of those have been leaked. The new feature will check if the password has been leaked in any third-party data breaches and will ask users to change it.
The feature comes years after Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have had a similar feature. But one of the best features that make Microsoft Edge’s Password Monitor different is that it uses a different type of cryptography called homomorphic encryption.
This essentially means that neither Microsoft nor any other third party can learn a user’s passwords even while they are being monitored for leaks. The feature can even troll Dark Web to check for passoword leaks.
“Despite having the strongest of passwords, however, factors outside of your control still happen, like third-party data breaches,” a Microsoft Edge blog explained.
”This is why Microsoft Edge protection goes beyond that first line of defense to offer dark web scanning with Password Monitor. When any of your passwords saved to the browser matches with those seen in the list of leaked credentials, Microsoft Edge will notify you and prompt you to update your password. Password Monitor scans for matches on your behalf and is on by default.”