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Recover Firefox Master Password

Master Password Recovery in Firefox

The master password in Firefox is used to add another layer of security to your password system.  What would happen though if you setup a master password, got in an accident, were in a coma for six months, and then once you awoke you couldn’t remember what your master password was set to?  I’ll help you reset or recover your Firefox master password with one simple tool.

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How to Recover Your Master Password

Reset Master Password

Have you lost your master password?

If you want to add another layer of protection to your Firefox browser, you can turn on the master password option.  In short, this will allow you to secure your login information – especially if your PC is used by more than one person, so they can’t snoop through Firefox’s options and find your passwords.

Now if you find yourself not remembering your master password, there is an easy way to reset it.  There is a down side though, because resetting your master password will remove all of your saved user names and passwords. To start the process, copy and paste this location into your Firefox address bar:

chrome://pippki/content/resetpassword.xul

This is your “Reset Master Password” page.  For one more time, it warns you:

If you reset your master password, all your stored web and e-mail password, form data, personal certificates, and private keys will be forgotten. Are you sure you want to reset your master password?

Then you will be given the option to “Reset” or “Cancel”.  Hit the button labled “Reset” and your master password should be reset.

Search Through Your Saved Passwords

saved-passwords-firefoxThis is one of those “under the radar, but still cool” features of Firefox 3 I haven’t heard much praise about. 

You can now search through your saved password information.  This is great for those of us who often forget what login we used with what web site and don’t want to go scroll happy going down the list to maybe find the right result.

To check it out, go to Tools, Options and then the Security Tab.  Then click on the “Saved Passwords…” button under the Passwords section. 

The rest of it is pretty self explanatory.  Type the phrase your looking for in the search box, and the list will get shorter. 

CookiePie – Multiple Cookies for the Same Site

I know of several people out there that have multiple profiles for the same web site. For example, if Tom wanted to be able to have two different e-mail accounts at Gmail instead of one. Before you would have to use multiple browsers or do the logout and login dance to check them both. CookiePie looks to allow you to manage multiple cookies in one browser window.

The CookiePie extension enables you to maintain different cookies storage in different tabs and windows. To give you a better idea of what that would look like in action the creators of the extension have put together a video of CookiePie in action.

All in all, I would say this extension looks very promising for those who need to do multiple logins to the same service with little to no problems at all. If you are interested, I would encourage you all to check out the official site for the extension so you can learn more about what CoookiePie could do for you.

Greasemonkey Security Issues

Greasemonkey Security Issues?Well, this is one of those security issues that everybody always knew was there – but the community usually did a good job at policing it themselves to where it did not become an issue. It looks like somebody has been creating and uploading Greasemonkey scripts that steal your cookies. Since your cookies store a lot of information about you – you can see this is a kind of big deal here.

Here is the post that got my attention on UserScripts.org:

Someone has been attempting to post scripts that steal cookies. Thanks to several alert us.o citizens (including davey, descriptor, loucypher, joel h, pogue) we have been able to note that the script is malicious and then delete them.

I’m putting up a banner to warn people that newly uploaded/updated scripts should be put under extra scrutiny.

I’ve also decreased the cache duration of rss feeds to 10 minutes, so if you keep an eye on http://userscripts.org/feeds/recent_scripts it will be a lot fresher than normal (it was cached for an hour)

So yes, everybody should be extra careful when downloading scripts like this – even if it is from a trusted source. I am happy to see the UserScripts.org team moved so quickly on this though. That makes me feel a lot better about my continued use of their Firefox extension.

Greasemonkey Help Need Help? Be sure to check out the Beginner’s Guide to Greasemonkey!

Autofill Forms

Autofill FormsAre you growing tired of having to fill out the same information over and over again? If so then the Autofill Forms extension for Firefox might be a tool you want to take advantage of.

Autofill Forms enables you to fill out web forms with one click or a keyboard shortcut. A set of customizable rules is used to determine the input for each form element. You are able to edit, remove, enable/disable the provided rules and to add your own ones. You can configure the order in which the rules are to be applied and define site specific rules.

I wouldn’t be relying on this extension to remember every single thing – but it does come in handy for the tedious stuff.