Microsoft explains how their new password monitoring system works

by | January 22, 2021 | Cybersecurity News

Microsoft devised an innovative way to watch your passwords without actually reading them.

The password manager feature integrated into the new Edge browser has received a new and exciting update. The new feature called Password Monitor can alert users if their saved passwords were found in data breaches, phishing, or online leaks. This is a great way for users to know what passwords are no longer safe and are required to be changed. The user’s privacy and personal data are protected using homomorphic encryption.

Microsoft researchers note that “The underlying technology ensures privacy and security of the user’s passwords, which means that neither Microsoft nor any other party can learn the user’s passwords while they are being monitored.”

Homomorphic encryption is a relatively new cryptographic technique that allows computing on encrypted data without decrypting it first. Using this type of encryption ensures that no information can be read by hackers while the passwords are checked against Microsoft’s online breached lists.

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by Dan Florian

Product owner and co-founder of ATTACK Simulator. Dan likes to code, is passionate about design, and loves running and swimming.

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