This post describes steps you can take to enable or disable Enhanced Phishing Protection to warn users if they store their password in Notepad or Microsoft 365 Office Apps in Windows 11.
Enhanced Phishing Protection in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen helps protect your account passwords against phishing and unsafe usage on sites and apps.
This protection is built into Windows and works with Microsoft Defender Endpoint to provide protection on your device and in the cloud. Additionally, protection such as Controlled folder access, Real-time protection, Tamper protection, and Ransomware protection is included with Microsoft Security.
When you enable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen with enhanced protection, Windows will warn users if they store their passwords in Notepad, Word, or any Microsoft 365 Office app and recommends they delete their password from the file.
Below is how to turn on or off passwords stored in unsafe apps warning with SmartScreen Phishing protection in Windows 11.
How to enable or disable password store in unsafe apps warning with SmartScreen Phishing protection in Windows 11
As mentioned above, when you enable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen with enhanced protection, Windows will warn users if they store their passwords in Notepad, Word, or any Microsoft 365 Office app and recommends they delete their password from the file.
Below is how to turn on or off password store in unsafe apps warning with Enhanced Phishing Protection in Windows 11.
In the search box on the taskbar, type Windows Security and select Windows Security in the results list.
Select App & the browser control tile in Windows Security, as highlighted in the image below.
On the App & browser control settings page, under Reputation-based protection, click on the Reputation-based protection settings link as highlighted below.
On the Reputation-based protection settings page, under Phishing protection, toggle the button to On or Off to enable or disable Phishing protection with Microsoft Defender.
When you enable Phishing protection, you can selectively enable malicious apps and sites, password reuse, and unsafe password storage warnings.
Alternatively, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start Menu and searching for Edit group policy, as highlighted below.
Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.
In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender SmartScreen > Enhanced Phishing Protection
Then, locate and double-click the setting Notify Unsafe Apps in the Enhanced Phishing Protection details pane on the right.
In the Notify Unsafe Apps setting window, select Not Configure, Enabled, or Disabled.
- Not Configured (default)
Select OK to apply your changes.
Close Local Group Policy Editor.
That should do it!
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