Password protection for Profiles

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Feature Request: It would be good if the profiles were password protected, means while switching profiles, edge should prompt for a password for selected profiles(as per the need of user), what do you think Please let me know?

 

Please do upvote in the Feedback Hub--https://aka.ms/AA8ul3n if you like this idea.

Thank you:)

 

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@Abhiram Thanks for the suggestion! Here are some questions for you:

 

  1. Can you tell us more about the use case for this? The feature was designed for all the profiles to be used by one person, ex. a personal account and a work account.
  2. One of the perks of multiple profiles, especially profile switching, is the convenience. How would you feel about having a less convenient experience (due to entering a password each time?)
  3. Would you ideally want those passwords to be remembered by the other account? If so, wouldn't that negate any additional security?

 

Fawkes (they/them)
Program Manager & Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

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@fawkes , Thank you for asking my opinion.

 

Where will it be useful?

  • When someone borrows our computer, We don't want them to peek at our other profile.
  • To keep the Profile safe (I think both points boils down to the same but...)

Entering password every time?

  • When it comes to the point of entering the password each time, I agree that it won't be comfortable, but the idea here is to secure the profile.
  • When I say password protection, You should provide a toggle in the Profile settings( To On and Off)
  • The reason behind toggle is, We wont be giving our computer to others all the time, so we will opt for password protection only when we give it to others.

User experience?

  • There might be people who use this feature all the time, so for person who uses it all the time, It would be good if you integrate the Windows hello instead of password.
  • Even if you integrate the Windows Hello, you should give a choice to opt for Windows Hello or not.
  • For something people want to protect , I think they don't look for comfort there.  (Though, as I mentioned we might not be using this all the time, and for the person who uses all the time, I'm positive that, one won't feel less convenient)

How should it function?(Of course you know this better than me)

  • When we switch to a profile which is opted for password protection, It should prompt for a password or windows hello, then, when we enter the required fields correctly, the profile will switch.

Would you ideally want those passwords to be remembered by the other account? If so, wouldn't that negate any additional security?

  • I didn't understand this question properly, but I'll try answering for what I understood, I don't want any account to remember this password( If I think I'll forget, I can save the password and hide it in the computer elsewhere, no one can figure it out)
  • The passwords should not be associated with any account (they should be stored in a different location.)
  • I don't know whether I answered this question correctly or not.

The picture is a prototype to understand my perspective.( this should happen when I click on my password protected profile)Prototype.png

 

 I hope, I answered your questions correctly and I hope to see this feature in Edge, Thank you :)

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@Abhiram Thank you for the delightfully detailed feedback and prototype! Adding @Avi Vaid, our Profile feature owner, so he can see this too. :)

 

Fawkes (they/them)
Program Manager & Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

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@Abhiram Good news: the team was intrigued by your detailed feedback, and has started discussing it internally! So while I can't make any guarantees about implementation, I can assure you that the right people have seen this and are looking into it. :)

 

Fawkes (they/them)
Program Manager & Community Manager - Microsoft Edge