Microsoft has officially released the Password manager Autofill solution, made available through the Microsoft Authenticator app.
Although the tool was already available as part of Microsoft’s beta program, it will now be available to anyone with a Microsoft account, whether they’re using Windows, Mac, Android computers or iOS Devices.
For Apple fans, Microsoft Authenticator is available for download from the App Store for anyone with a device running iOS 11 or later. The Google Chrome extension has also been launched, while the Autofill feature will be included as standard for Edge users with a Microsoft account.
“Autofill stores your passwords under your Microsoft account,” said Vishnu Nath, partner manager of Program Manager for Microsoft’s mobile apps and experiences. “To start autofill on mobile, open the Microsoft Authenticator app, then sign in to the Passwords tab with your Microsoft account. If you have passwords saved under your Microsoft account on Microsoft Edge, they will sync with the Authenticator app.”
Avoid password stress
Password management is becoming an increasingly important issue as the number of passwords users need to remember has increased. This results in many individuals having “password fatigue” and using easy-to-guess credentials or simply reusing passwords across multiple accounts. This makes them more at risk of data breaches or brute force attacks.
Although other forms of authentication have been tried, such as biometric credentials, passwords remain the most common form of identification online. As such, password managers like the Microsoft Authenticator app are becoming increasingly popular.
The fact that the autofill feature is now available to the Microsoft Authenticator across multiple operating systems reflects the fact that many individuals use a variety of digital devices. Also, if they have previously used another password manager, they can import their credentials into Microsoft Autofill with a CSV file.
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