Edge 89 gets on-demand leaked password scanner, here’s how to use it

Microsoft has added the ability in Edge v89 for users to run a scan and find compromised passwords whenever needed. So far, Edge Password Monitor checks the passwords saved in it against the database of leaked passwords in the cloud and alerts if any of the users are affected.

So far, Edge has received new settings for

  • control the visibility of the Reveal password button in the Password field
  • generate strong and unique passwords
  • Edit saved passwords

Edge now allows users to scan saved passwords.

How to check compromised passwords on demand in Edge

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge browser
  2. Visit edge://settings/passwords/passwordMonitor
  3. Click the “Scan Now” button at the bottom
  4. Wait for Edge to show the results and change passwords if necessary.

Note that you can look for leaked passwords in Edge only when you save passwords in Edge.

Make sure “Offer to save password setting” is enabled on the Edge Passwords management page.

An option and section similar to this one called “verify passwords” is now available at “Chrome://settings/passwords”.

It’s no surprise that Edge’s on-demand leaked password scanner works in a similar way as it does in Chrome.

Other changes in Edge 89

  1. If you think copying and pasting links in Edge is a mess, the browser shows keyboard shortcuts for pasting links and pasting text in the “Share, copy and paste” section.
  2. Microsoft has added a “Preload pages for faster browsing and searching” setting for Cookies and Permissions. This setting is controlled by a content blocker if you have an ad blocker installed.
  3. Background tabs now consume less battery than before.
  4. Edge 89 is available on the Dev channel with fixes for crashes on Linux and with vertical tabs and for the “side-by-side settings are invalid” issue

What’s your take on the new password verification feature introduced in Edge? Did you find it useful? Let us know in the comments below.

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