How to use Avast Password Protection | Avast

Password Protection - Getting Started

Password Protection is a privacy tool that secures your passwords stored in web browsers against malware and unwanted applications. Stored passwords are vulnerable to theft if left unprotected. This feature allows you to specify which apps have access to reading, changing, or deleting your passwords saved in browsers.

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:

  1. Open Avast Premium Security.
  2. Go to PrivacyPassword Protection.
  3. Click the green (ON) slider so that it changes to red (OFF), then select a time duration to disable Password Protection.
  4. 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).

Modify Settings

To adjust how Password Protection handles applications that attempt to access your stored passwords, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to PrivacyPassword Protection.
  2. Click Settings (the gear icon) on the top right corner
  3. The following settings are available:
  1. Disable or enable Password Protection using the slider.
  2. View the supported browsers that are password protected.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. Go to MenuSettings.
  2. Select GeneralBlocked & Allowed apps.

For more information about managing Blocked & Allowed apps, refer to the following article:

Troubleshooting

Follow these steps to troubleshoot the following common issues:

  • Password Protection does not appear in the Privacy menu: ensure you are using the latest version of Avast Premium Security or Avast Omni. To update Avast, go to MenuSettingsUpdate 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.
Avast One is currently available only in Australia.

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:

  1. Double-click the Avast One icon on your desktop to open the app.
  2. Click the Device protection tile on the Avast One dashboard.
  3. Select Password Protection
  4. Click the green (ON) slider so that it changes to red (OFF), then select a time duration to disable Password Protection.
  5. Click OK, stop to confirm.

Password Protection is now disabled. To enable it, follow steps 1-2 above, then click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).

Modify Settings

To adjust how Password Protection handles applications that attempt to access your stored passwords, follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Device protection tile on the Avast One dashboard.
  2. Select Password Protection
  3. The following settings are available:
  1. Disable or enable Password Protection using the slider.
  2. 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.
  3. View and manage your List of blocked apps.
  4. View and manage your List of allowed apps.

Manage Blocked & Allowed apps

After you allow or deny an application access to your passwords, it is automatically added to the List of blocked apps or List of allowed apps. Your preferences can be changed at any time.

To add a blocked or allowed app:

  1. Click the Device protection tile on the Avast One dashboard.
  2. Select Password Protection.
  3. Click the down arrow below List of blocked apps or List of allowed apps, then select + Block app or + Allow app.
  4. Select an app from the list, or click Select app path to navigate to an app and click Open.

Your chosen application is added to the relevant list. To remove an application from the list, click the X icon next to the relevant app.

Troubleshooting

Follow these steps to troubleshoot the following common issues:

  • Password Protection does not appear in the main menu: ensure you are using the latest version of Avast One. To update Avast One, go to the User icon ▸ Settings, 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.
  • Avast Premium Security 21.x for Windows
  • Avast Free Antivirus 21.x for Windows
  • Avast One 21.x for Windows
  • Avast One Free 21.x for Windows
  • Avast Omni 1.x
  • 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

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