Firefox 67: password manager improvements
Mozilla plans to launch several password manager and password related enhancements in the upcoming Firefox 67 Stable release.
The features, which are already implemented in Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development version of Firefox, improve password functionality in three main areas.
Firefox's password manager works similarly to the password manager in other browsers. Users may use it to save logins and auto-login into sites using the saved logins. Firefox users can import and export passwords, and sync them across browsers.
Current versions of Firefox lack functionality that other browsers, e.g. Google Chrome, support. Chrome comes with an option to disable automatic sign-ins.
Firefox does not support the option right now in the stable version but will include the option when Firefox 67 is released.
Just open about:preferences#privacy in the browser's address bar and click on the "saved logins" option under Logins & Passwords. You find the new "Autofill logins and passwords" option listed there. It is checked by default; Firefox will fill out logins and passwords automatically just like it did in previous versions.
Firefox users may still fill out the saved passwords on sites manually if they decide to disable autofill functionality.
Firefox 67 highlights auto-filled passwords with a yellow background on sites automatically to indicate to the user that this was done automatically.
Saving passwords in private browsing windows
Firefox does not offer to save username and password in private browsing right now; this changes as well in Firefox 67. Firefox prompts you to save username and password when it recognizes login events in private browsing windows just like it does in normal browsing windows.
The browser won't get an option in Settings to disable the functionality. You can change it, however, using a preference.
- Load about:config in the browser's address bar.
- Confirm that you will be careful.
- Search for signon.privateBrowsingCapture.enabled.
- Double-click on the preference to toggle its value.
A value of True means that Firefox captures login events in private browsing windows and offers to save the login data, a value of False that it won't. Mozilla plans to release Firefox 67 in May 2019.
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