Microsoft Edge Adds Password Generator, Drops Support for the FTP Protocol, Adobe Flash Plugin


The secure version of the Microsoft Edge 88 browser, featuring a brand new password generator and the ability to alert about leaked credentials, was shipped by Microsoft. Also, the window refresh loses support for the FTP protocol and the plugin for Adobe Flash.

Users get a built-in powerful password generator that helps them to quickly set up new passwords when signed up for new accounts or when replacing existing passwords, with Microsoft Edge 88.0.705.50 currently rolled out.

In the password area, a browser-suggested password drop-down will be shown to help users instantly save the browser’s passwords and synchronise them across different devices.

Microsoft Edge also warns users when some of the saved passwords appear in the compromised credentials list and enables users to remotely change their saved passwords in Microsoft Edge Settings.

User passwords are tested against a known-breached credentials repository and submit a warning to the user if a match is detected. User passwords are hashed and encrypted when tested against the archive with compromised credentials to ensure protection and privacy,” Microsoft explains.

When the page is loaded over HTTPS, the upgraded Edge browser also aims to automatically upgrade any content that is served over an unencrypted link. Pictures that cannot be retrieved by HTTPS will not be loaded.

Microsoft Edge 88 also allows it simpler than ever to control domain permissions, allowing users to access permissions by location, but even by recent behaviour. In addition, the latest browser update allows users to erase third-party cookies, with no effect on first-party cookies from the process.

Microsoft makes Single Sign On (SSO) open for Microsoft Account (MSA) and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) accounts on down-level Windows with the latest browser release. Users can automatically sign into websites that allow Work and Microsoft accounts for SSO.

Microsoft Edge has withdrawn support for the FTP protocol. Therefore, if the user wants to open an FTP connection in the window, the user will be asked to select an additional programme that the FTP link can accommodate.

“Alternatively, Microsoft Edge can be configured by IT administrators to use IE Mode for FTP protocol based sites,” Microsoft explains.

FTP has used a client-server architecture to facilitate file transfers between computers for nearly five decades. However, found dangerous, it has been replaced by SFTPP (SSH File Transfer Protocol).

Adobe Flash support is now being withdrawn from Microsoft Edge, a change that began in Edge 88’s beta edition. The change is not unexpected, not only because support for the plugin was withdrawn by Adobe itself, but also because Google removed it from Chrome, and Chromium is based on Microsoft Edge.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.