Microsoft today announced the latest feature upgrade for its Authenticator app. Besides providing two-factor authentication codes, the program can now generate strong and unique passwords.
Microsoft Authenticator customers who use the Autofill feature (announced exactly one year ago) can now utilize the app to create hard-to-crack passwords when making accounts or changing passwords in browsers or apps. Authenticator lets you customize a password with upper or lowercase letters, numbers, special characters, and password lengths. You can save the password in Microsoft Authenticator right after generating it.
If you do not use Autofill, Microsoft Authenticator still lets you generate and save a reliable password. Open the app, switch to the password section, tap the button with three dots (iOS) or a plus icon (Android), and select "Password Generator" to create something slightly more complex than "pa$$word1."
Microsoft Authenticator is available on iOS and Android as a standalone app. Also, you can use a Chrome extension to sync passwords across devices and browsers (Edge syncs passwords natively). With the latest update, you can use Microsoft Authenticator on your mobile device to create, change, and auto-fill passwords in apps and websites. The app is available for free and does not require a Microsoft 365 subscription.