Download Mozilla Firefox 76 to get Master Password Protection

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Latest Mozilla Firefox 76 gets Master Password Protection as well as a new OS authentication system to protect your passwords

IF you are a Mozilla Firefox user, you are in for good news. The latest release, Firefox 76 finally introduces a master password option that basically protects all the passwords that are saved in the browser. This feature is more useful if you rely on Firefox to handle your bank accounts, emails, and other sensitive accounts.

With the new Firefox 76, you can now configure a master password to protect your data. This will not only make your data hack-proof but prevent others from accessing your data if you share your PC/laptop with others or work on a shared computer.

The new Mozilla Firefox comes with the following protection enhancements:

  • Firefox displays critical alerts in the Lockwise password manager when a website is breached;
  • If one of your accounts is involved in a website breach and you’ve used the same password on other websites, you will now be prompted to update your password. A key icon identifies which accounts use that vulnerable password.
  • Automatically generate secure, complex passwords for new accounts across more of the web that is easily saved right in the browser;
  • You have been able to access and see your saved passwords under Logins and Passwords easily under the main menu. If your device happens to be shared among your family or roommates, the latest update helps to prevent casual snooping over your shoulder. If you don’t have a master password set up for Firefox, Windows and macOS now require a login to your operating system account before showing your saved passwords.

How to set up Master Password Protection?

First and foremost you need to download Firefox 76 from the Mozilla website here. Once installed, launch Firefox 76 and go to settings to set up the Master Protection Password.

Firefox > Options > Privacy and Security > Logins and Passwords > Use a master passwords

Once you enable it, you will receive a prompt to enter a MASTER PASSWORD. Once enabled, every time you want to view various passwords stored on your device, Firefox will prompt you to enter the master password. While this may seem a tedious route, it is extremely useful for those who share their laptops/PCs or work on shared computers.

What’s in Firefox 76 for those who don’t want Master Password Protection?

Mozilla has baked in several protections for even those who don’t opt for the master password protection feature. For Windows 7/10 users and Apple macOS users, Firefox 76 will now automatically activate a verification that uses the OS authentication system before providing you with access to the stored passwords.

“You have been able to access and see your saved passwords under Logins and Passwords easily under the main menu. If your device happens to be shared among your family or roommates, the latest update helps to prevent casual snooping over your shoulder. If you don’t have a master password set up for Firefox, Windows and macOS now requires a login to your operating system account before showing your saved passwords,” Mozilla explains.

The verification will be in the form of a PIN code that you need to enter when you log into the operating system. If you have configured Windows Hello on your system, you can use the biometric authentication system.

Firefox will also alert you if it flags your login credentials on the Have I Been Pwned website. Have I Been Pwned lists data breached credentials on its website and Firefox will alert you to change your password if the website lists your credentials.

The Firefox 76 browser will come with extra password options that check your password is vulnerable. This is done in collaboration with the Lockwise password manager, and it requires you to save your passwords in Firefox.

If you don’t need security you can disable these options in Firefox 76

If you are not security-minded or don’t rely on Firefox to visit sensitive accounts like your Gmail, bank, Social Media networks, you can manually disable the extra protection by visiting the Logins and Passwords section in settings.

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