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Authenticator facilitates automatic filling of passwords


 Authenticator facilitates automatic filling of passwords

Microsoft has rolled out a major update to the Microsoft Authenticator app, giving it the ability to automatically fill in logins with your usernames and passwords, which solves the hassle of remembering and typing your passwords.

The tech giant launched a new autofill feature that works across devices and platforms, and is bringing it to iOS and Android devices through its Microsoft Authenticator app.

This means that you can access all the login data that you have stored via the Edge browser within your Microsoft account via mobile phone.

Simply go to the Authenticator Passwords tab and log in first.

And after the Authenticator app finishes syncing, it offers you to autofill your password when you open an app or visit a website, as long as you've saved your login information for them.

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Microsoft has also provided an auto-fill extension for the Chrome browser, in the event that your passwords are saved primarily through Edge, but you want to use them through the Chrome browser.

The feature works just like the built-in autofill feature in Chrome, and you can edit or delete your login information within the Chrome browser instead of having to go through Edge first.

The company released a preview of these features back in December, but they are now officially available.

In addition to launching autofill capabilities across platforms, the Microsoft Authenticator update gives the app the ability to import passwords from Chrome and some password managers, like 1Password, and from CSV files.

The company says: It's safe to use the app as a password manager because authentication requires multi-factor authentication.

Your login data is also encrypted. Moreover, you must use your biometric information or type your PIN first before Authenticator will auto-fill in any app or website you visit.

Microsoft said: With autofill, you can leave the hard work of remembering and filling in passwords automatically for us, and when you enter your password on the login page of a site or application, the Authenticator application prompts you to save it, so that you do not have to manually type it again.

Looking to the future, the software giant explained that it is working to bring autofill information from Edge to the Authenticator app via mobile devices, and this includes payment information, addresses and more.