Make Windows 11 warn you when you reuse passwords or store them in an unsafe manner


Microsoft highlighted that people who store passwords in plain-text format. Some store passwords in Notepad and save them as a .txt file, which is not a good security practice as passwords should be hashed. Microsoft is planning to offer enhanced phishing protection at the operating system level.

Earlier, this feature is only available in Windows 11 22H2 and is not enabled by default. It requires you to log into Windows with your password rather than Windows Hello or PIN. As quickly as you enter your Windows password, Microsoft issues a warning asking you to remove the password from an insecure file or to set a new Windows password if entered on a website.

Windows 11’s new security feature uses Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which is already integrated into the operating system and protects against malicious apps or browser extensions. In version 22H2 or newer, Microsoft Defender will protect against phishing using its AI-powered detection technology.

According to Microsoft, “SmartScreen identifies and protects against corporate password entry on reported phishing sites or apps connecting to phishing sites, password reuse on any app or site, and passwords typed into Notepad, Wordpad, or Microsoft 365 apps.”

How to Enable Password Reuse and Unsafe Password Storage Warning in Windows 11?

To turn on password reuse and unsafe password storage warning in Windows 11, follow these steps:-

Step 1. First, click on the Start button and type Windows Security.

Step 2. Now, in the search results, click on Windows Security to open it.

Step 3. Then, select App & browser control in the left sidebar of “Windows Security.”

Step 4. After that, on the right sidebar, click on the link “Reputation-based protection settings” under the “Reputation-based protection” section.

Step 5. Then, in the following window, check the following checkboxes:-

  • Warn me about password reuse.
  • Warn me about unsafe password storage.

Finally, you can now close the Windows Security window.

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