Microsoft has unveiled a new tool that it says should help keep Windows 11 users protected against losing their valuable passwords.
As part of the recently announced Windows 11 22H2 update, the new Enhanced Phishing Protection feature will now warn users when they type their passwords into certain apps or websites that are deemed possibly insecure.
This even includes Microsoft’s own applications such as Notepad and Microsoft Word, as the company seeks to ensure that users remain protected at all times.
in a blog post (opens in a new tab) Announcing the release, Microsoft says the new tool should prevent unsuspecting users from accidentally typing their passwords in plain sight and keep them safe from hackers or scammers.
It uses the company’s SmartScreen protection platform to detect the entry of saved passwords, and displays a warning that says “It is not safe to store your password in this application… we recommend removing your password from this file.”
Users will need to turn the feature on, as while Windows 11 22H2 has phishing protection enabled by default, password protection options are disabled.
To enable it, go to SStart > Settings > Privacy and security > Windows security > Browser and app control > Reputation-based protection settings.
Scroll down to the Phishing Protection section, where there are options labeled “Warn me about password reuse” and “Warn me about insecure password storage.”
Microsoft adds that IT administrators can customize alerts using a mobile device management (MDM) solution like Microsoft Intune.
The release was one of several new security-focused additions to Windows 11 22H2, which was the first major platform update in several months.
Also included was Smart App Control, a new AI-enabled system that prevents users from running malicious apps on Windows 11. Using an AI model that is updated daily, the tool assesses the level of threat an executable poses and whether the level of threat is high. , the application will not be able to run.
Separately, Windows 11 users will benefit from new protections designed to guard against the risk posed by vulnerable drivers, a common target for malware writers by virtue of the privilege level granted to the Windows kernel.
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