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Microsoft Autofill will make passwords so you don't have to

Microsoft Authenticator Passwordsync Ios
Microsoft Authenticator Passwordsync Ios (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has enhanced its Authenticator app to take password management and security to the next level.
  • Now, with the power of Microsoft Autofill, you not only can skip the burden of remembering your password, but you don't even have to make the thing.
  • Autofill is currently available in Authenticator.

Making and maintaining passwords is the worst, isn't it? Sometimes they need to have a bizarre mix of symbols and capital letters, or be 32 characters long, or have some other eccentricity that makes them borderline impossible to create and remember. And if you fail to sign in enough times, then you end up in a situation akin to that one time Dunkey had to deal with CAPTCHA. You want to avoid that situation, as well as all password headaches, and Microsoft knows it; that's why it's introducing Autofill for its Authenticator app.

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Autofill is available right now. It's a new tool in Authenticator that will save you the trouble of creating a password by making one for you. It will make the password, remember it, type it for you, sync it across devices so you don't have to futz with signing in anywhere... the tool will essentially replace you, the human being. You will become irrelevant to your own login details.

The Autofill generation feature is comprehensive and lets you adjust parameters such as your password's length, as well as whether it'll have letters, numbers, and/or special characters.

And in case you want Microsoft in control of even more of your password activities, don't forget Edge Canary's been testing an "autosave passwords by default" option.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

9 Comments
  • Isn't this the same as "suggest strong password" feature already implemented in Edge?
  • Ok, I see the unique bit here. The Chrome extension. That's super neat. Because it means if using, say a chromebook, then your Microsoft Office passwords can sync to there too (I. E. Not just limited to devices using Edge). Lovely move.
  • Wasn't this already out for ages on PC?
  • stopped using the authenticator app ages.
    clunky, buggy, and not reliable. we have tens of thousands of users, and are
    moving them completely off the app. the text
    messages are way more reliable. will never ever use the app, or recommend it. later
    -1
  • Yea except text message is way less secure and Microsoft security experts say its not good to use it. https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-active-directory-identity/i... not only that a few security standards don't even count it as a valid MFA option since it's so easily spoofable. Also on a side note I do know what you are talking about but authenticator has gotten loads better in reliability. With not using authenticator you do give up being able to use passwordless technologies.
  • Use security keys then with biometrics(fingerprint) . Platform agnostic, functional, better than text, password less. Downside is you'd have to have it on you anytime you expect to sign in... Which is sometimes an event you can't plan for.
  • Now if only Authenticator and other services like OneDrive would always have a reliable connection. 9/10 times I try to use Authenticator, it gives me an error message or it cannot connect. Same with OneDrive, Outlook etc.
  • Huh interesting, it works all the time for me
  • On iOS it works completely offline.