Mozilla Releases Account Manager Alpha For Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 28, 2010
Updated • Sep 14, 2016
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

One of the annoyances that web users have to cope with on the Internet are that sites and services use custom login solutions that are not compatible with each other.

This means that you have to sign in and out individually on sites. A solution that enables you to sign in once would make things a lot easier for users.

Password managers come closest to the functionality, provided that they tie in with the browser or program used to sign in to sites and services.

Currently webmasters and designers can create login forms that are fundamentally different from other login forms as there is no "login-standard" or login protocol that would standardize web logins.

Mozilla Account Manager

Mozilla's Account Manager tries to remedy that situation. The Account Manager project was made public a month ago but no program was provided back then to test the concept and functionality.

Yesterday a first prototype was released in form of an extension for the Firefox web browser.

The alpha version of Mozilla's Account Manager supports several high profile web services and sites including Facebook, Google and Yahoo properties, Mozilla Add-ons, Mozilla Bugzilla and

The goal of the project is to integrate the account manager into the Firefox web browser so that no add-on is required to use its functionality.

Firefox users who are interested in the project can visit the Mozilla Links blog post that contains additional information and a short video or the Account Manager page over at Mozilla which links to the Firefox add-on.

Update: Firefox users interested in the concept may also want to take a look at Mozilla Persona, which was formerly known as BrowserID. I'm not 100% sure if it is related to Mozilla Account Manager, but it sounds as if it is. It basically moves away from the username and password login on the Internet to one that is concentrating on email instead.

The idea behind the move is that emails are unique and can be linked to a single user. Instead of having to enter usernames and passwords all over the Internet to log into different services, Firefox users only need to log in once with their email, and let the browser handle the rest for them. This only works if the web service supports Persona.

Mozilla Releases Account Manager Alpha For Firefox
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Mozilla Account Manager alpha is a prototype extension for the Firefox web browser to unify account management and authentication.
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  1. Crodol said on April 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I like the idea but from a practical point of view I am not really impressed… I don’t see the advantage of this add-on compared to being logged in all the time. Maybe I miss some functionality…

  2. Crodol said on April 29, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Managed to get it to work… with add-ons Mozilla.
    Better judged by 6 than carried by 12.

    1. Martin said on April 29, 2010 at 9:07 am

      That’s great. What’s your impression so far?

  3. Crodol said on April 29, 2010 at 5:12 am

    I have it installed now but when I click on the symbol NOTHING happens… hopefully later Mozilla will add some functionality – a little icon alone won’t do it.

  4. PenDragon said on April 28, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Sounds a lot like Flock to me. This is one of Flock’s strengths as a social networking site browser in that all your account information and most interaction with the sites are built into the browser itself. Seems to me like Firefox is playing catchup here. That being said, I’d rather have Flock’s strengths be added to FF rather than wait for the Flock to keep up with FF when FF’s new features and security releases are updated.

  5. BalaC said on April 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Nice to see mozilla gearing up with stuffs like contacts,weave and this one.

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