Microsoft Password Manager

Posted : admin On 1/1/2022

Microsoft Edge: the default browser of all Windows 10 computers and Microsoft’s intention to break the hegemony of the Chrome/Firefox duo and to put to rest the unpopular opinion of its infamous predecessor, Internet Explorer. But unlike the operating system that it was developed for, Edge’s popularity is nowhere near the market share of Chrome and Firefox, even though it’s on par with these two browsers where certain features are concerned. Sadly, the built-in password manager of Edge is not one of those worthwhile features – hence why it’s better to substitute that solution with a true password manager.

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Thankfully most password management companies have realized the potential in Microsoft Edge and treat the browser – which is commonly shoved aside – as an equal to the most popular browsers. And with the handy extensions developed by these companies even Edge users could have all their passwords, forms and other credentials readily available with a single click.

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Dashlane

Dashlane is a straightforward password management solution that can store all sorts of credentials (from passwords to online receipts) in a safe manner thanks to the company’s own patented encryption method. The downloadable program comes with a logical interface and interesting extras like emergency access for trusted parties, a Security Dashboard for analyzing passwords, and the ability to automatically change weak passwords.

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The browser extension, which is supported with Microsoft Edge, works seamlessly across all websites: it recalls all items saved to the vault and is capable of auto-filling form data to their respective boxes. Additionally, there is a one-click login function and a password generator, while the likes of the Password Changer and the Security Dashboard are accessible via the extension too.

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Dashlane offers an unlimited trial of the software for the first 30 days. After this trial period the limited free version can be used forever with certain restrictions or the Premium subscription can be bought for as low as $2.50 per month.

LastPass

LastPass is a rare kind in the world of password managers, mostly due to the fact that it is entirely web-based – meaning it can be used on any and all browsers, including Microsoft Edge.

To make things even better, the software comes with clever extras like automated categorization of credentials (including passwords and secure notes), cross-platform syncing and safe data sharing with trusted LastPass users. Additionally, there is also the option to use 13 different two-factor authenticator applications for added security, one of which happens to be LastPass’s own app.

Like the software itself, the browser extension is fully compatible with Microsoft Edge as well. This add-on saves new credentials in an instant, auto-fills boxes with the relevant information and, most importantly, provides access to the online vault.

Two-Factor Authentication With LastPass's App


LastPass exists in two forms: a free of charge version, which limits very little, and the Premium subscription that is available for just $2 per month.

RoboForm

Out of all the password managers we have tested so far, RoboForm is the only one that has a standalone extension for Microsoft Edge, allowing users to enjoy the most important features without the need to install the desktop program. Unlike its Chrome, Firefox and other equivalent browsers, this add-on doesn’t block users from editing certain credentials, and provides a built-in password generator, a search bar and one-click login for passwords.

However, to enjoy the full RoboForm experience it is best to download the desktop app, where you can manage and edit custom folders within credential categories, create desktop shortcuts to the most used sites, import data from virtually all competing solutions, and evaluate passwords within the Security Center section.

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Password Generator in the Add-On


Security Center for Password Evaluation


Like many password managers RoboForm provides its basic services for free, but even the premium plan can be enjoyed for free for the first 30 days, and costs a ridiculously low $1.66 per month price when paid annually.

Exporting Passwords From Microsoft Edge

Even though it was released in 2015 alongside Windows 10, Edge is still falling behind popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Safari; to make the situation even more ridiculous, Edge is even less popular than its infamous predecessor, Internet Explorer.

This is completely unsurprising when considering the fact that its performance is not on par with the features of convenience that the most popular browsers have by default. As you may have probably guessed by now, aside from bookmarks and favorites Edge doesn’t support the direct exporting of passwords and credentials. The only guaranteed (and safe) way to import the necessary data, therefore, is to turn to password managers and their Microsoft Edge add-ons.

To export passwords without password managers consider using VaultPasswordView – developed by Nirsoft, the same company behind ChromePass – but only after files and folders containing saved passwords have been located on the computer. The latter is extremely important, because the following paths leading to these files have to be provided to VaultPasswordView before it’s used for the first time:

  • C:Users[User Profile Name]AppDataLocalMicrosoftVault
  • C:ProgramDataMicrosoftVault
  • C:Windowssystem32configsystemprofileAppData LocalMicrosoftVault

Decryption Before Importing Edge Passwords


Once the necessary information is provided to the program, VaultPasswordView decrypts the files and all passwords saved to Microsoft Edge are displayed.

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Password Security in Microsoft Edge

The overall performance of Microsoft Edge’s security is not bad at all, provided that some features are turned off and certain settings are modified before the browser is used for the first time.

Like its troubled predecessor, Internet Explorer, Edge uses local encryption to protect important credentials entered into the vault. Sadly, however, the moment the Windows password is provided on the login screen and Edge is launched, nothing can stop wrongdoers from easily accessing the sensitive data since the browser doesn’t protect its password vault with a master password (as is the case with Firefox).

Password Editing in Edge


And unlike its competitors, Edge suffered a major blow in early 2017 when a serious vulnerability was discovered in its coding. If it hadn’t been discovered by security expert Manual Caballero, hackers could have used this vulnerability to relatively easily bypass the browser’s SOP (Same Origin Policy) protection and steal login data from unsuspecting users as they are directed to a malicious URL.

Bypassing SOP in Microsoft Edge

To make things even more frightening, no patch was released to fix this serious issue until the middle of June 2017, which is ridiculously slow, especially from such a corporate giant like Microsoft that considers Windows 10 a masterpiece.

Keeper for Microsoft Edge vs Password Managers

Any third party password manager is better than Microsoft Edge’s in-built version – which needs to be disabled in order to let these programs work properly – but Keeper definitely stands out from the pack. At first glance Keeper might seem like a typical password manager: it stores numerous logins and allows the saving of multiple passwords to a single account.

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The software also safeguards personal data and payment information to which files can be attached, such as a picture of yourself or a photographic copy of a credit card. All of this data can be shared with a trustworthy person, but there’s also an option to create backups of the entire vault in Keeper’s cloud storage.

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Creating Backup in Keeper

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However, Keeper has one major advantage over its competitors: perfect integration with Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. Although it can be downloaded as a regular desktop program, Keeper is also available from the Windows Store; in fact, if the latter version is downloaded then it can be signed into using Windows Hello login options.

To make things even better, Keeper has a perfect browser add-on for Microsoft Edge with neat features like auto-fill, one-click sign-in, a search bar, and quick access to the web vault.

Keeper's Add-On


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Microsoft Authenticator supports importing passwords from Google Chrome, Firefox, LastPass, Bitwarden, and Roboform. If Microsoft doesn’t currently support your existing password manager, you can manually enter sign-in credentials into our template CSV. To import your existing passwords and manage them in the Authenticator app, just export your passwords from your existing password manager into our comma-separated values (CSV) format. Then, import the exported CSV to Authenticator in our Chrome browser extension or directly into the Authenticator app (Android and iOS).

Import from Google Chrome or Android Smart Lock

You can import your passwords from Google Chrome or Android Smart Lock to Authenticator on either your smartphone or your desktop computer. You can:

Import from Chrome on Android and iOS

Google Chrome users on Android and Apple phones can import their passwords directly from their phone with few simple steps.

  1. Install Authenticator app on your phone and open the Passwords tab.

  2. Sign in to Google Chrome on your phone.

  3. Tap the at the top right for Android phones or at bottom right for iOS devices, and then tap Settings.

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  4. In Settings, open Passwords.

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  5. On Android devices, tap the at the top right for Android phones, or at bottom right for iOS devices, and then tap Export passwords.

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    You must provide a PIN, fingerprint, or facial recognition. Confirm your identity and tap Export passwords again to start exporting.

  6. After the passwords are exported, Chrome prompts you to choose which app you're importing into. Select Authenticator to start importing passwords.You’ll be informed about import status when it’s complete.

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Import from Chrome desktop browser

Before you begin, you must install and sign in to the Microsoft Autofill extension on your Chrome browser.

  1. Open Google Password Manager in any browser. If you haven’t already, sign in to your Google account.

  2. Select the gear icon to open to Password settings page.

  3. Select Export, then on the next page select Export again to start exporting your passwords. Provide your Google password when prompted to confirm your identity. You’ll be informed about import status when it’s complete.

  4. Open the Autofill Chrome Extension and select Settings.

  5. Select Import data to open a dialog. Then, select Choose File to locate and import the CSV file.

Import from Firefox

Firefox allows exporting of passwords from the desktop browser only, so ensure that you have access to the Firefox desktop browser before importing passwords from Firefox.

  1. Sign in to the latest version of Firefox on your desktop and select the menu from the top right of screen.

  2. Select Logins and Passwords.

  3. From the Firefox Lockwise page, select the menu, select Export Logins, and then confirm your intent by selecting Export. You are prompted to identify yourself by entering your PIN, device password or by scanning your fingerprints. Once successfully identified, Firefox exports your passwords in CSV format to the selected location.

  4. You can import your passwords into Authenticator from a desktop browser or on iOS or Android phones. To import to the Authenticator app on your phone:

    1. Transfer the exported CSV file on your Android or iOS phone using a preferred and safe way, and then download it. Next, share the CSV file with Authenticator app to start the import.

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    2. After successfully importing your password to Authenticator, delete the CSV file from your desktop or mobile phone.

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Import from LastPass

LastPass supports export passwords from a desktop browser only, so ensure you have access to a desktop browser before starting to import passwords.

  1. Sign in to the LastPass web site and select Advanced Options, and then select Export.

  2. Identify yourself when prompted by providing your master password. After that, you’ll see the exported passwords on the webpage.

  3. Copy the contents of the webpage.

  4. Open Notepad (or your favorite text editor) and paste the copied content.

  5. Save this notepad file by selecting File > Save as. Provide a name that ends with “.csv” (such as LastPass.csv) at a safe location in your desktop.

  6. You can import your passwords into Authenticator in a desktop browser or on iOS or Android phones. To import to the Authenticator app on your phone:

    1. Transfer the exported CSV file on your smartphone using a preferred and safe way, and then download it. Then share the CSV file with Authenticator app to start the import.

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    2. After successfully importing your password to Authenticator, delete the CSV file from your desktop or mobile phone.

Import from Bitwarden

Bitwarden supports export passwords from a desktop browser only, so ensure you have access to a desktop browser before starting to import passwords.

  1. Sign in into https://vault.bitwarden.com/ and select Tools > Export vault. Choose the file format as CSV, provide your master password, and then select Export vault to start exporting.

  2. You can import your passwords into Authenticator in a desktop browser or on iOS or Android phones. To import to the Authenticator app on your phone:

    1. Transfer the exported CSV file on your smartphone using a preferred and safe way, and then download it. Then share the CSV file with Authenticator app to start the import.

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    2. After successfully importing your password to Authenticator, delete the CSV file from your desktop or mobile phone.

Import from Roboform

Roboform allows exporting of passwords from its desktop app only, so ensure you have access to the Roboform app on a desktop before starting the import.

  1. Start RoboForm from your desktop client and log in to your account.

  2. Select Options from the Roboform menu.

  3. Select Account & Data > Export.

  4. Choose a safe location to save your exported file. Select Logins as the Data type and select the CSV file as the format, and then select Export.

  5. Confirm your intent and the CSV file is then exported to the selected location.

  6. You can import your passwords into Authenticator in a desktop browser or on iOS or Android phones. To import to the Authenticator app on your phone:

    1. Transfer the exported CSV file on your smartphone using a preferred and safe way, and then download it. Then share the CSV file with Authenticator app to start the import.

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    2. After successfully importing your password to Authenticator, delete the CSV file from your desktop or mobile phone.

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Import by creating a CSV

If steps to import passwords from your password manager aren't listed in this article, you can create a CSV that you can use to import your passwords into Authenticator. Microsoft recommends that you follow these steps on a desktop for ease of formatting.

  1. On your desktop, download and open our import template. If you are an Apple iPhone, Safari, and Keychain user, you can now skip to step 4.

  2. Export your passwords from your existing password manager in a nonencrypted CSV file.

  3. Copy the relevant columns from your exported CSV to the template CSV and then save.

  4. If you don’t have an exported CSV, you can copy each login from your existing password manager to the template CSV. Don’t remove or change the header row. When you finish, verify the integrity of your data before you begin the next step.

  5. You can import your passwords into Authenticator in a desktop browser or on iOS or Android phones. To import to the Authenticator app on your phone:

    1. Transfer the exported CSV file on your smartphone using a preferred and safe way, and then download it. Then share the CSV file with Authenticator app to start the import.

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      Android
      iOS
    2. After successfully importing your password to Authenticator, delete the CSV file from your desktop or mobile phone.

Troubleshooting steps

The most common cause of failed imports is incorrect formatting in the CSV file. You can try the following steps to troubleshoot the issue.

  • Check this article to see if if we already support importing passwords from your current password manager. If we do, you may want to retry the import by following the steps mentioned for your respective provider.

  • If we don’t currently support importing the format of your password manager, you could retry by creating your CSV file manually.

  • You can verify the integrity of CSV data with following suggestions:

    • First row must contain a header with three columns: url, username, and password.

    • Each row must contain a value under url and passwords columns.

  • You can recreate the CSV by pasting your content in the CSV template file.

  • If nothing else works, please report your issue using the Send Feedback link from Authenticator app settings.