Microsoft has introduced a new Enhanced Phishing Protection feature to secure Windows 11 passwords.
As part of Windows 11 22H2, the new Enhanced Phishing Protection feature will warn users when they write out their credentials in particular programmes or websites.
Even Microsoft’s own software, including Notepad and Microsoft Word, aren’t immune to this policy, since the business takes precautions to ensure users’ security at all times.
Microsoft says the new feature will prevent naïve users from writing out their passwords in plain view, keeping them safe from hackers or scammers.
It uses the company’s SmartScreen protection platform to recognize saved credentials and warns, “It’s risky to store your password in this app…we recommend erasing your password from this file.”
Windows 11 22H2 has Phishing protection set by default, however password protection options are off.
Just Open Start > Settings > Privacy & security > Windows Security > App & browser control > Reputation-based protection settings.
Scroll down to the Phishing prevention area to find the ‘Warn me about password reuse’ and ‘Warn me about insecure password storage’ options. Microsoft adds that IT admins can customize notifications using Microsoft Intune.
Hence this was one of numerous security-focused additions in Windows 11 22H2, the first major release in months.
Also included is Smart App Control, an AI-enabled solution that blocks users from running harmful apps in Windows 11. The utility uses a daily-updated AI model to assess an executable’s threat level; if it’s high, the application won’t run.
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Separately, Windows 11 users will benefit from improved protections against danger posed by insecure drivers, a common target for malware developers due to the Windows kernel’s privilege.