Monday, March 8

Microsoft now has its own cross-platform password manager

Whether your PC is on Windows, macOS, or Linux, your smartphone is on iOS or Android, and you’re surfing Chrome or Brave, forget your passwords – literally – and let Microsoft do it for you with Autofill.

Microsoft Autofil

How to simplify password management to provide a seamless experience between a PC and a smartphone? At Google, this simply goes through the synchronization module of the Chrome browser. At Microsoft, the process relies on a third-party application: Microsoft Authenticator.

A multi-platform, multi-browser and multi-OS solution

Microsoft Authenticator is an application for Android and iOS for generating temporary codes when two-factor authentication has been activated on a service. The editor of Redmond announces the deployment of an update to store your passwords, through Microsoft Autofill.

In a blog post, the firm explains that the passwords saved on the Edge browser can be stored securely on its Microsoft account. They will in fact become accessible on Authenticator from a smartphone.

If you are using Google Chrome as the default browser on your computer, Microsoft has designed a dedicated extension. It will also suffice to authenticate within the Microsoft account. More generally, this therefore means that the proposed password manager is therefore compatible with all browsers based on Chromium (Opera, Brave Vivaldi, etc.) but also on Windows, macOS or Linux.

The giants of the Web keep insisting that Internet users must make their passwords more complex in order to make each of them unique and with its alpha numeric characters and in several cases. Autofill is one way to do this easily without necessarily having to remember each of them.

Final objective: abolish the password

Still, Microsoft’s position on the subject of passwords is quite ambiguous. The publisher has been trying for years to abolish the latter in favor of biometric unlocking.

Last December, Microsoft explained that in November 2019, 100 million people were logging into company services without entering a password using Windows Hello. Six months later, that number had risen to 150 million.

Right now, 84.7% of Windows users are said to have enabled Hello to access their session through the fingerprint reader or facial recognition.

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