Password Protection is a privacy tool that secures your passwords stored in web browsers. If left unprotected, passwords stored in web browsers are vulnerable to malware and theft by unwanted applications. This feature allows you to choose which applications have access to your saved passwords. Refer to the sections in this article to learn how to manage the settings available for Password Protection.
Disable Password Protection
Password Protection is enabled by default. To ensure your security, we recommend keeping Password Protection enabled and only disabling it for temporary troubleshooting purposes.
To disable Password Protection:
- Open Avast Premium Security, then select Privacy ▸ Password Protection.
- Click the green (ON) slider so that it changes to red (OFF), then select a time duration to disable Password Protection.
- Click OK, stop to confirm.
Password Protection is now disabled. To enable it, follow step 1 above, then click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).
To adjust how Password Protection handles applications that attempt to access your stored passwords, follow the steps below:
- Go to Privacy ▸ Password Protection.
- Click Settings (the gear icon) on the top right corner
- The following settings are available:
- Disable or enable Password Protection using the slider.
- View the supported browsers that are password protected.
- Select an action for when unknown applications attempt to access your saved passwords:
- Ask me to allow or block it (selected by default): You are asked to grant permission when an application tries to access your passwords.
- Silently block the app: Applications are automatically blocked without any notification. Blocked applications are added to the list of blocked apps.
- Click View allowed / blocked apps to manage your Blocked & Allowed apps lists.
Manage Blocked & Allowed apps
After you allow or deny an application access to your passwords, it is automatically added to the Blocked & Allowed apps lists. Your preferences can be changed at any time.
To open the Blocked & Allowed apps screen:
- Go to
☰Menu ▸ Settings.
- Select General ▸ Blocked & Allowed apps.
For more information about managing Blocked & Allowed apps, refer to the following article:
Follow these steps to troubleshoot common issues:
- Password Protection does not appear in the Privacy menu: ensure you are using the latest version of Avast Premium Security. To do this, go to
☰Menu ▸ Settings ▸ Update and click Check for updates in the application section.
- A trusted application cannot access your stored passwords: ensure that the app is not included on your List of blocked apps and you have selected the setting Ask me to allow or block it. If Password Protection is set to Silently block the app, Avast automatically prevents all unknown applications from accessing your stored passwords.
Check for leaked passwords
Follow the steps below to check if any online accounts that use your email address have already been involved in a data breach:
- Open Avast One, then select Explore ▸ Password Protection.
- Click Open Password Protection.
- Enter the email address you want to check, then click Check data breaches.
Password Protection scans for data breaches containing the email address you entered, then displays details of any affected online accounts. Refer to the relevant information below:
- If you see the Compromised passwords message at the top of the screen, we have found that at least one of your online accounts has been involved in a data breach. We recommend you immediately change the passwords for all listed accounts.
- If you see 0 Passwords next to your email address, we have not found any data breaches involving your online accounts.
If you have the paid version of Avast One, optionally click Monitor for new breaches to set Password Protection to continuously monitor for data breaches involving this email address.
Monitor for data breaches
In the paid version of Avast One, you can set Password Protection to continuously monitor for data breaches with up to 5 email addresses. Your Avast Account email address is automatically added as a monitored email address. To add an additional monitored email address:
- Click Explore ▸ Password Protection.
- Click Open Password Protection.
- Select the Breach monitoring tab, then click + Add an email.
- Enter your email address, then click Monitor for data breaches.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to confirm via your email inbox that the email address is really yours, then return to Avast One and click Email is verified ▸ Done.
Avast One will now continuously monitor for new data breaches involving this email address. You can check for breached online accounts at any time by clicking the Compromised passwords tab on the main Password Protection screen.
Remove an email
To remove an email address from the Breach monitoring tab:
…(three dots) next to the relevant email address, then select Remove email.
- Click Stop protecting to confirm.
Manage browser protection behavior
In the paid version of Avast One, the Browser protection tab contains settings for protecting your passwords stored in browsers and managing which applications are allowed or blocked access to those stored browser passwords.
Protect browser passwords
Password Protection automatically protects your passwords that are saved in the following browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Edge
- Avast Secure Browser
To temporarily disable this protection:
- Select the Browser protection tab, then untick the box next to Protect browser passwords
- Select a time duration.
- Click OK, Stop to confirm.
Access to browser passwords
To adjust how Password Protection handles applications that attempt to access your stored passwords:
- Click the drop-down arrow to select an action for when a new application tries to access your saved passwords.
- Select your preferred setting:
- Automatically block access: Applications are automatically blocked without any notification. Blocked applications are added to the app permissions list.
- Ask me to allow or block the first time (selected by default): You are asked to grant permission when an application tries to access your passwords.
Manage app permissions
When an application attempts to access your saved passwords, it is added to the app permissions list with the status set to Blocked or Allowed, depending on the setting or permission you granted. You can also manually add applications to the app permissions list by following the steps below:
- Select the Browser protection tab and scroll the to App permissions section.
- Click + Add application.
- Select an app using either method below:
- Click Add next to an application in the list.
- Click Select app location, then navigate to an application and click Open.
- The chosen application is added to the App permissions list with the status set to Blocked. Optionally, click the slider to change the status to Allowed if you want the application to always be able to access your stored passwords.
To remove an application from the app permissions list, tick the box next to the relevant application, then click Remove app.
If you find that a trusted application cannot access your stored passwords, check the following:
- Ensure that the application is not marked as Blocked on the app permissions list. If it is marked as Blocked, click the slider to change the status to Allowed.
- Ensure you have selected the setting Ask me to allow or block the first time. If Password Protection is set to Automatically block access, Avast One automatically prevents all unknown applications from accessing your stored passwords.
- Add the application to the app permissions list and set the status to Allowed.
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- Avast One 21.x for Windows
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- Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
- Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1 with Convenient Rollup Update, 32 / 64-bit