Even if you use a password manager and two-factor authentication, it is very likely that some of your login credentials have been exposed in the past due to hacks and leaks. Microsoft is introducing a new feature in Edge called Password Monitor, so you don’t have to go to a website like Engadget to find out that one of your passwords has been compromised. The next time one of the passwords you have saved in Edge is included in a third-party data breach, you will be notified to change it. This way, you can minimize any potential damage, especially if you̵
In a way, Microsoft is playing catch-up here. Both Chrome and Firefox have offered similar functionality over the past few years, as have password managers such as 1Password and LastPass. But what makes Microsoft’s proposal intriguing is that it uses a relatively new type of approach called homomorphic encryption to ensure that no one in the company, or any other country, can find your passwords. One of the ways the algorithm protects your data is by allowing a computer to interact with it without first decrypting the information. It also works with a variety of machines, including those with relatively old processors, so anyone can take advantage of Password Monitor.