Manually Scan for Compromised Passwords in Microsoft Edge

How to Manually Scan for Compromised Passwords in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge includes a Password Monitor feature that reminds of the same feature of Firefox. Password Monitor can check if you use the weak or already compromised passwords. You can now manually run this check against your saved passwords.


So, the Password Monitor feature in Microsoft Edge reminds of the same feature of Firefox, which is part of the Firefox Lockwise password manager starting with Firefox 70, and was first enabled in Firefox 67 as an extension. It will check if you use  weak or already compromised passwords for websites you use.

Password Monitor in Microsoft Edge

This Password Monitor feature will check your passwords against a collection of compromised accounts. After that, Microsoft Edge will inform you if it finds your credentials in the breach database. It will also help you change the password for sites where you use the same username and password pair.

Edge Password Monitor

After you enable the Password MonitorMicrosoft Edge begins proactively checking the passwords you’ve saved in the browser against a large database of known breached credentials that are stored in the cloud. In summary, if any of your passwords match those in the database, they will be shown on the Password Monitor page in Settings > Profiles > Passwords > Fix leaked passwords. So passwords listed there are no longer safe to use and need to be changed immediately.  

This post will show you how to manually scan for compromised passwords in Microsoft Edge. Follow the below steps.

To Manually Scan for Compromised Passwords in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click on the Settings button (Alt + F) and select Settings from the menu.Microsoft Edge Chromium Settings Menu Item
  3. On the left, click on Profiles. On the right side, click on Passwords.Edge Passwords Link In Settings Profiles
  4. On the next page, click on the right arrow button ">" below the "Show alerts" option. See the following screenshot.Manually Scan For Compromised Passwords In Microsoft Edge
  5. Finally, click on the Scan now button and wait for Edge to finish the scan.Scan For Leaked Passwords
  6. The scan result will display whether you have leaked passwords among your saved passwords.No Leaked Passwords Found

You are done.

If you have found a leaked password with the above steps,  you should change it immediately.

The manual scan feature is only available in Edge Canary as of this writing. You need to be on version 89.0.729.0.  Interested users can download Edge Canary from this official page.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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