Various password managers are suddenly appearing in the middle of the rising hacks. But, you can also rely on Microsoft Authenticator to manage your passwords.
Microsoft‘s online services usually offer advanced features, which could really help various people make their daily online tasks easier and enjoyable. One of its advanced products is the current Authenticator, which can also act as your password manager.
Managing passwords across different browsers between your computer and mobile device typically requires a password manager. That is unless you use the Microsoft Authenticator app. Though it was designed to provide two-factor authentication to your online accounts, its capabilities were expanded to also manage passwords across Edge and Chrome.
Microsoft Authenticator compares favorably with other authentication apps, but the same cannot be said when compared to full-featured password managers, such as LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper, and 1Password. But despite more limited features and browser support, the free Authenticator does have its uses.
Here are the capabilities of Microsoft Authenticator that you should definitely know about;
- The app can sync your website passwords in Edge on iOS/iPad and Android devices and in Chrome on your desktop via an extension.
- Fill in your passwords using Microsoft Autofill.
- Secure logins with 2FA.
- Import passwords from other services.
Now that you already know what are the capabilities of Microsoft Authenticator, here’s how you can use it.
Using Authenticator As Your Password Manager
For this to work, you need a Microsoft account. If you don’t already have one, head to the company’s Account website and create an account with either a pre-existing email address or a new one. Create a password and follow the required steps to generate your account.
- After that, all you need to do is follow these simple steps to use the security service;
- Once the account has been created, you can install Microsoft Authenticator from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
- Once the app is installed, you need to appoint it as your device’s password manager. Go to Settings > Passwords > AutoFill Passwords on an iPhone or iPad.
- Check the entry for Authenticator. If Keychain is checked, you’ll have to uncheck that as well.
- On Android, go to Settings > System > Languages & input > Autofill service, or however it is nested on your device.
- At the list of Autofill services, tap the entry for Authenticator.
When it comes to importing passwords on our security service, all you need to do is follow this guide;
- Open the Microsoft Authenticator app and sign in with your Microsoft account.
- After adding and syncing your Microsoft account, tap the Passwords icon at the bottom.
- If you’ve already been storing passwords through another app, the first task on your to-do list is to import those passwords into Authenticator.
- The app can import passwords from a variety of other programs, including Google Chrome, Firefox, LastPass, Bitwarden, and RoboForm.
- With Chrome, you can import the passwords directly. Open Chrome on mobile and go to Settings > Passwords > Export Passwords, then tap Export Passwords.
- Choose Authenticator as the target. Return to Authenticator to see the imported passwords.