With the Windows 11 22H2 update, users have just gained a new way to protect one of their most important data: their password. The new security feature is called Enhanced Phishing Protection, which alerts you whenever a person types the keyword into insecure applications like Notepad. However, this option needs to be activated manually.
Microsoft had been working on this tool for quite some time, with information circulating since april 2022. So, with the latest Windows 11 update, users can now enable this protection feature.
It works like this: when using Enhanced Phishing Protection, whenever the individual enters his Windows password in a place considered insecure, the system will notice and trigger an alert. Then, this notice will ask for the data to be removed or even changed as soon as possible.
Furthermore, it is not just the notebook that is treated as risky by the company. Sinclaire Hamilton, Security Product Manager at Microsoft, explained more on the matter:
SmartScreen identifies and protects against corporate password entry on reported phishing websites or apps, connecting to phishing websites, password reuse on any app or website, and passwords typed into Notepad, Wordpad, or Microsoft 365 apps.
Currently, the browsers that work with this function are Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Mozilla Firefox did not display this alert.
How to enable Enhanced Phishing Protection
It is important to remember that the password protection feature is not activated by default in Windows 11. That is, the person has to do everything manually to ensure the use of the tool. It is necessary to log into Windows with your account and password, as you cannot use Windows Hello for this.
From there, just follow these steps:
- Go to the “Start” menu;
- Click on “Settings”;
- Open the “Privacy and Security” options;
- Go to “Windows Security”;
- Click on “Application and Browser Control”;
- Select “Reputation-based protection”;
- Enable the “Phishing Protection” options;
- Finally, you must leave activated: “Warn me about password reuse” and “Warn me about insecure password storage”.
All in all, this Windows 11 update is quite useful. Something more to help the individual in terms of protecting their computer and data.
With information: Bleeping Computer.