Lazarus Form Recovery is a free add-on for the Firefox web browser that saves form data periodically for recovery purposes.
Have you ever experienced a situation where you finished typing text in a web form on the Internet only to find out that you could not post it to the website because of server timeouts, web browser crashes or other errors? Going back to that form usually results in it being blank which can be quite disheartening especially if you typed a lot.
The only thing that can be done at this point is to type the text anew and hope that it can be submitted this time.
While you can be extra careful and copy the text to the clipboard to avoid having to write it a second or third time, it is not something that most users do usually, unless they have had a bad experience on a site before.
Update: Lazarus Form Data Recovery has not been updated since 2011. The extension worked fine until recently (2017), but stopped working right now and won't install anymore in new versions of the Firefox web browser. Firefox users may switch to Form History Control for the time being.
Well, there is actually another option that is provided by the Lazarus Form Data Recovery extension for the Firefox web browser. Lazarus saves form data as soon as it is entered by the user in its SQLite database (lazarus.sqlite in the profile folder). This makes it possible to recover the form data even if the form is displayed as empty after you are taken back to the page.
There are obviously some privacy concerns which are handled excellently by the software program. It is for one possible to set a period (minute, hour, day, week) in which the form data is stored. Once the time is up the form data gets erased.
Another security measure is that it is possible to create a password that has to be supplied once per browsing session before form data can be restored. The form data in the database is encrypted to prevent that users with local computer access can reveal the form information there directly.
The form data recovery add-on works by right-clicking the form on the Internet website. The user can then select the Recover Text or Recover Form entry to restore the text in that form. If there are multiple saves, all of them are displayed when you selec the recover form option of the context menu.
Lazarus works nicely in the background and can be a real life safer for users who regularly post lots of text.
The options provide you with a set of interesting features. You can search the database if you want, clean it, restore a database from backup, or delete the entire database for example.
Here you can also enable the form recovery option when you are using the browser's private browsing mode.
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