Mozilla announced a new sign-in system technology back in July. With the help of this new technology, Mozilla promised to make log ins easier and more secure. Instead of having to remember and type in log ins for different web services and sites, users can utilize the Browser ID to sign in just with their email address on sites that support the feature.
Mozilla developers have released the Browser Sign In extension for Firefox yesterday to take the project to the next level. Firefox displays a Sign In button to the left of the web address in the location bar if a user visits a site that supports the new Browser ID feature.
A click on the button can have different effects. In the best case, it can log in the user immediately without further actions. The button can on the other hand be configured to load the site's sign in page instead where the user has to log in normally by entering the username and password.
Once signed in, the add-on changes the Sign In button to the user's email address to visualize the successful login.
A click on the email address in the location bar opens a small overlay window with a log out button.
This is in essence the same principle that password managers like Last Pass utilize.
But how and where do you enter the sign in information? A click on the Sign In button checks to see whether your are logged in at Browser ID. If you are you get signed in right away, if you are not you get to see a login prompt where you need to enter your email address and password to log in.
Once you are logged in you get signed in automatically from that moment on.
Mozilla has published a short Browser Sign-In Add-on demonstration video.
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