Over the years, Internet users have become more and more responsible about their own security on the Internet. The simplest passwords that many used in the 2000s were replaced by complex combinations of numbers, symbols and unique characters. The more complex the password, the longer it will take to find it, and the use of different passwords for different services allows you to avoid unpleasant consequences in the event of a hacked database. For example, if attackers find out the login and password for a service, they will not be able to use the same combination for other services, thus avoiding mass hacking. The only problem is that all these complex passwords need to be stored somewhere, since it is simply impossible to remember them.
Currently, you can find many different password managers on the market, that is, special programs that allow you to store passwords and other personal data from various services in one place in order to quickly access them. Some of the most popular and well-known are 1Password, LastPass, Bitwarden, Dashlane, True Key, RoboForm, KeePass, and several others. Some of these services are free, but many are afraid to trust them with their personal data, as they find any software of this kind is not reliable enough. Microsoft decided to take advantage of this situation, which in order to increase the audience of the Edge browser launched its own free password manager on its basis.
This software is available to all users free of charge, and it is still working in test mode. The new software is called Microsoft Authenticator and is available for download for operating systems such as Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. Users can add logins and passwords for accounts in various services to this application, store data from bank cards and save many other personal data. All data is tied to a Microsoft ID account, so by logging into an account on any device, you will be able to access a complete database of all data that can be added, copied and edited, updating all information.
The developers promise to keep the Microsoft Authenticator app updated with new features and functionality on a regular basis. Already, at the time of launch, this password manager supports the function of automatically filling passwords in the Edge browser on all versions of operating systems, so it is really very convenient to use it in tandem with this Internet browser. According to the creators of the password manager, Microsoft will never pay for it or charge users to use it, so there is no need to worry about that. For the browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, a special extension called Microsoft Autofill has already been released, which allows you to enable the function of synchronizing all passwords, logins and other data with the password manager.
Previously published a review of the Bitwarden app – this is the best free password manager for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows.