When a website asks a user for a password, The Microsoft Edge browser asks if the user wants to save the password. That way he doesn't have to enter the password the next time he visits the site. But what happens to all of the saved passwords?
When a user tells the browser to save the password for a website, it is encrypted and saved in his profile. Other people who might sign on to the computer cannot access the original user's password cache because the passwords are stored in an area that is devoted to that user.
Microsoft Edge browser actually exposes a user's password cache. The passwords themselves are not exposed, but the site list is. To access the Edge browser's list of cached passwords, go to the browser's Settings screen and click the View Advanced Settings button. Then click on the Manage My Saved Passwords link. This reveals a list of all of the websites Edge stores passwords for. The passwords are hidden, but a user can see the list of sites, and he can enter a new password if necessary. Entering a new password into the password cache does not change the password on the website.
The Advanced Settings contain an option labeled Offer to Save Passwords. The Microsoft Edge browser never caches passwords without the user's permission, but turning off the Offer to Save Passwords setting prevents Edge from even offering password caching to the user.
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