Need to see your password to see if the one Firefox saved is correct? I run into that problem a lot – especially since I use a lot of passwords in my day to day life. One great extension for Firefox that will let you see your passwords as you enter them on a page is Show My Password.
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Need to add or edit entries in the Firefox password manager? The Saved Password Editor extension for Firefox gives you this ability. The extension allows you to enter data into the password manager database instead of replying on Firefox to do it. It also allows you to make changes to existing entries too. If you want full control over the passwords your browser saves, this is a great add-on to grab.
Time and time again, people have suggested that you use multiple passwords for multiple websites. Using the same password over and over again might eventually lead you to trouble – should one of the many accounts you have across the Web ever be compromised. The Password Reuse Visualizer is, if nothing else, a great reminder of this.
Firefox should remember passwords by default. If you have turned off or disabled this feature though, it might not. Every so often, I need to use the Firefox password manager to remember a password, and it seems that for the life of me I can not get it to do it. What might be the problem? Check your exceptions!
Simplification for web site logins is desperately needed. Once upon a time, people thought Open ID might be the solution, but it has fizzled out. Where is the future? The Firefox Account Manager.
The Account Manager is a prototype that really makes things easy when it comes to logging into your favorite web sites. You can login and logout, right from the toolbar.
Do you use multiple computers and want to sync your saved passwords between them all? LastPass is an extension for Firefox that will allow you to do that easily within the browser. LastPass hides all your individual passwords behind one master password. When you type in that master password, then LastPass automatically logs you in to any web site you have set it up to remember.
For you system administrators, network engineers, and heck – really anybody who needs to come up with a fool proof password, I have an add-on for Firefox that will fill your needs. The simply named pwgen – Password Generator for Firefox is a simple, yet efficient way to generate a random password on the fly.
Once you install it, a small “P” icon will show up in your browser’s status bar. All you have to do is click on it, and a password will be generated using the settings you have put in. By default, the password will be shown to you and copied to your clipboard. To change the options, all you need to do is right-click on the icon and select options. From there you have a number of specific settings you can change, such as what the first and last characters start with, the password length, if you want to display the password or not or if you wish to copy the password to the clipboard or not.
Why use a complicated password? Well, if a password is too short or simple, it is vulnerable to attack. The simpler the password is, the easier time somebody will have to figure it out. On the flip side, the more complicated the password, the harder it will be to figure out.
All in all, the pwgen – Password Generator extension for Firefox is a perfect one for those of you who may have a hard time coming up with a random mix of letters and numbers to use for your next secure 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:
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.
The fact that Firefox’s show passwords option is so easy to reach is often a godsend for me because more often than not I forget which login I used with which web site.
If your PC is used by more than one person though there is a security issue you may need to worry about when it comes to showing others your login information.
By default, if you go under Tools, then your Options and then the Security section, anybody could get in there and look at your user names and passwords – as long as they had access to your PC. To fix that you want to set a master password.
First go to Tools and then Options. From there your Firefox options window should pop up and you want to go to the Security tab. From there check the box that says “Use a master password”. Now another box should come up asking you for your master password – type it in twice, and make sure you remember it.
Now when you go to Tools, Options, Security and then under the Passwords section hit the “Show Passwords…” button it should ask you for your master password before showing all your saved password information.
You know that sick feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, the one that means either you forgot your mother’s birthday or even worse – your password for your favorite web site. Thankfully if Firefox has been remembering these passwords for you, recovering them in an easy task.
Recover Passwords in Firefox Options
For the “long way around” fix – go to:
Tools > Options > Security
Once you find yourself there in that popup options box, go down to where it says “Show Passwords…”. Click that button and a new popup box should appear listing all your web sites and login names. To show your passwords click on the “Show Passwords” button and click “Yes” through the warning it tosses at you.
Forgotten Password User Scripts
For the Greasemonkey fans – there are a few more options to try:
Show Passwords – Yes, an Extension Too!
Unhide Passwords – Sure there is a time and place for security – but if you really need to see what is behind the asterisks, this extension shows the contents of password fields in clear text (instead of the asterisks), to make that process a bit easier. Have any other fixes?