what is the eye symbol in password box for ?

Recently I have noticed that an eye symbol appears in my various password boxes. What is this symbol and is it safe to write in my passwords ?

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Last updated December 6, 2019 Views 66,174 Applies to:

The password eye is a new feature in Internet Explorer 10 (IE10). If you click on the password eye, what you have typed will show up to enable you to check the typing of your password. The password will only show up while the mouse button is pressed - as soon as you release the button your typing will disappear.


Some security considerations when using the password eye:

  • Be wary of anyone looking over your shoulder.
  • Avoid using it if your computer is being accessed remotely (by for example a tech support person) - even if it’s a trustworthy company. In fact, I would avoid typing any password into a IE10 box that has a password eye during a remote access session.
  • Do not leave your computer unattended with the password box filled in (but not submitted). 
Disclaimer: You use my posts entirely at your own risk. I don't work for Microsoft. I am an unpaid volunteer.

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