Password Protection - FAQs

What is Password Protection?

Password Protection, available in Avast Premium Security, Avast Omni, and Avast One, secures passwords stored in web browsers from malware and unwanted applications. The feature allows you to choose which apps have access to your saved passwords.

How do I use Password Protection?

  1. Open your Avast Antivirus program and go to PrivacyPassword Protection.
  2. Ensure the feature is enabled. If the feature is disabled, click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).

To learn more about how to use Password Protection, refer to the following article:

Which browsers are compatible with Password Protection?

Avast Password Protection supports the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Avast Secure Browser

How do I adjust Password Protection settings?

To adjust how Password Protection handles applications that attempt to access your browser passwords:

  1. Open your Avast Antivirus program and go to PrivacyPassword Protection.
  2. Click Settings (the gear icon) in the top right.
  3. You can specify an action when unknown applications try to access 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.

To manage your blocked and allowed apps, click View allowed / blocked apps.

How do I manage blocked and allowed applications?

When you allow or deny an application access to passwords, the application is automatically added to your list of Blocked & Allowed apps. You can change your preferences at any time. To access Settings and manage blocked and allowed applications, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Avast Antivirus program and go to PrivacyPassword Protection.
  2. Click Settings (the gear icon) in the top right corner.
  3. Click View allowed / blocked apps.

Click + Block app or + Allow app to add an application to either list. To remove an application from the list, click More options (three dots) next to the relevant app, and select Remove.

For more information about the Blocked & Allowed apps screen in Avast Antivirus, refer to the article below:

Does Password Protection notify me if my passwords are compromised?

No. Password Protection prevents compromised passwords by protecting your saved passwords in web browsers from unknown apps.

How can I protect my passwords from theft?

To prevent compromised passwords:

  • Use strong passwords, including capital letters, numbers, special characters, and phrases.
  • Use a different password for every account. Email passwords are the most vulnerable to theft, so these should always be unique.
  • Enable two-factor authentication where possible.
  • Always keep Password Protection enabled.
Avast One is currently available only in Australia.

What is Password Protection?

Password Protection, available in Avast One, Avast Premium Security, and Avast Omni, secures passwords stored in web browsers from malware and unwanted applications. The feature allows you to choose which apps have access to your saved passwords.

How do I use Password Protection?

  1. Open Avast One and go to Device protectionPassword Protection.
  2. Ensure the feature is enabled. If the feature is disabled, click the red (OFF) slider so that it changes to green (ON).

To learn more about how to use Password Protection, refer to the following article:

Which browsers are compatible with Password Protection?

Avast Password Protection supports the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Avast Secure Browser

How do I adjust Password Protection settings?

To adjust how Password Protection handles applications that attempt to access your browser passwords:

  1. Open Avast One and go to Device protectionPassword Protection.
  2. You can specify an action when unknown applications try to access 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.

You can manage your blocked and allowed apps below List of blocked apps and List of allowed apps.

How do I manage blocked and allowed applications?

When you allow or deny an application access to passwords, the application is automatically added to your List of blocked apps and List of allowed apps . You can change your preferences at any time. To access Settings and manage blocked and allowed applications, follow these steps:

  1. Open Avast One and go to Device protectionPassword Protection.
  2. Scroll down to List of blocked apps or List of allowed apps, and click the down arrow below your chosen list.

Click + Block app or + Allow app to add an application to either list. To remove an application from the list, click the X icon next to the relevant app.

Does Password Protection notify me if my passwords are compromised?

No. Password Protection prevents compromised passwords by protecting your saved passwords in web browsers from unknown apps.

To receive alerts about compromised passwords, open Avast One and go to Personal identityData Leak Monitoring to monitor your accounts.

How can I protect my passwords from theft?

To prevent compromised passwords:

  • Use strong passwords, including capital letters, numbers, special characters, and phrases.
  • Use a different password for every account. Email passwords are the most vulnerable to theft, so these should always be unique.
  • Enable two-factor authentication where possible.
  • Always keep Password Protection enabled and set up Data Leak Monitoring.
  • 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 21.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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