Setup Password Monitor in Microsoft Edge in Windows

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to enable or disable Password monitoring in Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10.

The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base and offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.

Microsoft Edge browser is cross-platform, which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. If you’re currently using Edge and want to learn how to configure Password monitoring, and help alerts you when you use compromised passwords, the steps below should show you how to do it.

When you setup Microsoft Edge to monitor user passwords, the user will get alerted if any of their passwords stored in Microsoft Edge are found to be unsafe. Edge will show an alert and this information will also be available in Settings > Passwords > Password Monitor.

By default, Password monitoring is turned off, but recommended to enable on your profile to make sure you’re not using passwords that have been compromised online.

To get started with configuring Password monitoring, follow the steps below:

Turn on Password monitoring in Edge

To enable or disable “Password monitoring” in Edge, open Microsoft Edge and click the 3 horizontal dots ( . ) at the top right corner of your screen as shown in the image below.

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When the Settings page opens, click on Profiles on the left side. Under Passwords on the right, click on Show alerts when passwords are found in an online leak and enable or disable it.

When this setting is off, users will not be asked for permission to enable this feature. Their passwords will not be scanned and they will not be alerted either.

microsoft edge password monitoring in windows

Turn on Password monitoring in Edge via registry

You can also enable or disable Password monitoring in Microsoft Edge from Windows registry.

If you’re logged in as an administrator, you can also enable this feature via Windows registry. To do that, use the steps below:

Using Windows registry is one way to force all users on the system to use Password monitoring. There are multiples ways to do this in Windows, however, using Windows registry is the easiest and most effective way to do it.

To enable, press the Windows Key + on your keyboard to open the run command box. Or use the search function to search for the Run app.

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In the command box, type the commands below and press Enter.

regedit

When Windows registry opens, navigate to the path below. If you don’t see the Edge key, create one.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

From there, right-click on the Edge key and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option to create a REG_DWORD value if you don’t see existing PasswordMonitorAllowed value already created.

If you don’t see Edge key or folder, create one.

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Name the new DWORD value as:

PasswordMonitorAllowed

After saving the DWORD above, double-click it to open. Then enter the value of 1 to enable. 0 to disable.

microsoft edge password monitor registry

(delete) = Default
0 = Always disabled
1 = Always enabled

If you enable this setting, users will get alerted if any of their passwords stored in Microsoft Edge are found to be unsafe. If disabled, users will not be alerted.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable or enable “Password monitoring” feature in Microsoft Edge browser. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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