If you’re a Windows user, Windows Credentials Manager is the place where your usernames and passwords, as well as other credentials, are stored in a digital library for later use. This includes information for websites and apps, as well as network credentials.
This article explains the main steps to manage your passwords and other sensitive information to ensure that you can add, change, delete, and secure your data. While Windows Credential Manager has been available since Windows 7, this article mainly focuses on the Windows 10 version. However, many of the steps described are similar for previous versions of Windows.
What does the Windows Credential Manager do?
As a free password manager for Windows, Credential Manager stores credentials, including user names, passwords, and addresses, for use on a local computer or on other computers on the same network or server.
What credentials does Windows Credential Manager store?
Stored passwords and other stored information are divided into two categories in the Windows 1
Windows credentials include various types of data, including certificate-based credentials, which are mainly used in a complex corporate network environment. Most users don’t need them. However, for more information about how to enable more complex certificate-based credentials using third-party certification authorities, visit Microsoft support pages.
The Windows credentials category also includes installed app information that gives your computer or others on the network permission to use the appropriate programs. This makes Windows Credential Manager an easy way to manage the sensitive information that you may need for daily tasks and on shared networks. Programs that access such data may include Microsoft Office, Skype, or OneDrive.
In the meantime, web credentials contain your general website information such as usernames, passwords, email addresses, and other credentials for use on the web.
How do I access the Windows Credential Manager?
Open the Control Panel, go to User Accounts and select Credential Manager. Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar to search for “Credential Manager”. You’ll see your two safes: web credentials and Windows credentials. Here you will find all of your saved information under these headings. If you have problems, you can find current information and support for Windows Credential Manager on Microsoft.
How do I manage saved passwords?
Managing saved credentials is relatively easy. Navigate to Credential Manager as described above. To add credentials, select Add Windows credentials or Add certificate-based credentials to add additional information.
For example, if you select Add Windows credentials, you will be given the option to add the IP address, username, and password required for those credentials. Once you have entered and saved this information, it will be added to your Windows Credential Manager library.
You can also edit and remove saved information in this area by selecting either the Edit or Remove buttons. Be careful when updating stored information and avoid updating encrypted passwords used by special apps (such as virtualization software) through Windows Credential Manager. Instead, update these passwords directly in the app to avoid the risk of future access being compromised. In this case, you would have to reinstall and configure the relevant apps.
If you remove a credential from your list, you’ll be asked to re-enter this information the next time you log in to the app or website.
It is easy to secure saved passwords by selecting the Secure Credentials option in Credential Manager. Then click Browse to choose a destination for your backup. You will be prompted for a password to protect the Credential Manager file you are creating. You can also restore saved passwords to a new computer by restoring credentials and then selecting a previously created backup file.
Windows Credential Manager is an easy-to-use password manager that makes it easy to manage sensitive information. However, there were concerns about possible hacker access to saved passwords.
Passwords are stored in plain text in the credential manager file format. So if a hacker with increased access (access to the local administrator or system level on your device) has got into your system, the plain text passwords can be easily exploited.
Additional encryption measures can help you to calm down. However, you need the technical knowledge to create a more complex data protection method that affects the user-friendly experience of Windows Credential Manager.
Installed directly in Windows
Windows Credential Manager feature in Windows 10 helps users better manage their passwords and other sensitive information for both web and Windows credentials. It’s easy to add, remove, modify, back up and restore information.
Security can be an issue for some users, and Windows 10 has already been a strong target for hackers. While Microsoft is working to make its systems more secure, additional password encryption can make users feel more secure.
More secure options are certainly available when it comes to storing password information. For the standard user, however, the credential manager is easily accessible and very user-friendly. This is a good place to manage your sensitive data more carefully.