New in Windows 11: The warn will pop out if users store passwords in random apps
New function in Windows 11: Warn will pop out if users store passwords in random apps.
At the April 5 event, Microsoft emphasized that some people store passwords in plain text. In fact, some people store passwords in Notepad and save it as a .txt file, which is obviously not a good security practice.
To that end, Microsoft is offering phishing protection at the OS level through the Sun Valley2 program.
Windows 11’s new security features use Microsoft’s defense system, SmartScreen, which has been integrated into the operating system and provides protection against malicious apps or browser extensions.
In 22H2 or newer, Microsoft Defender will provide protection against phishing using its AI-driven detection technology.
The purpose of the new phishing feature is to protect users from phishing attacks by identifying when they enter credentials in apps such as Notepad and malicious programs, alerting users through pop-ups that appear on the screen above open apps or tabs.
So how does it work? In theory, Windows 11’s Smart Screen Saver works at the kernel level and can tell when you’re typing a password in any app.
It can also detect passwords in input forms on websites that try to replicate the original, such as Microsoft or Facebook.
This will ensure that only trusted apps are running and block attacks on Windows 11 devices by default.
“We’re also looking ahead to bringing the power of the cloud to hardware with the flexible, updateable Microsoft Pluton secure processor,” Microsoft said at the event. “We’re excited about the ecosystem’s progress so far.”
Starting with Sun Valley 2, the new anti-phishing protection will provide out-of-the-box protection for Windows 11 users, and Windows will be the first operating system in the world to offer phishing protection at the kernel level.
In the past, Microsoft has blocked 25.6 billion brute force authentication attacks, and an additional 35.7 billion phishing emails were detected or blocked using Microsoft Defender for Office 365.
Microsoft Azure or Office users are constantly under attack, and Microsoft will use its expertise in this area to improve Windows 11’s phishing protection to ensure users’ passwords are always safe.