Mozilla revealed that a new Firefox add-on program called BreachAlert is being developed for providing out-of-the-box alerts. This add-on will warn users while they visit websites that have been compromised.
BreachAlert will aim at alerting users by sending notifications when their data is compromised. Troy Hunt, a recognized security researcher and the host of haveibeenpwned.com, said via Twitter that the site joined hands with Mozilla for website warning info integration to the browser.
According to Mozilla, modern sites are becoming increasingly interactive leading users to share personal data like passwords, credit card details, and so on. While the data is maliciously stolen or leaked, the browser is responsible for keeping track of these sites and alerting users.
The browser team’s research and development of the entire project is termed ‘breach alert,’ providing the users with augmentation components. The targeted sites of the team for sending alerts are the ones that have come across leaks of data and user accounts during hacking events. This also includes resource sites related to the data breach.
Mozilla will let users choose whether they want to receive a leakage notice. In case you do want it, it is required that you provide your email. The browser did admit that there will still be privacy concerns when users share their email for this and are looking for ways to offer useful info even if users don’t provide emails.
Presently, BreachAlert is open for download on Github, and it can be imported into Firefox. It must also be noted that this program is still in the developmental stage of testing. Although, it does support the Firefox Developer version of the browser.