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Mozilla Firefox 70 to warn users if saved logins are found in data breaches

Jul 18, 2019, 10:36 am

Mozilla’s partnership with Have I Been Pwned is fruitful and an important one. Mozilla Firefox 70 will have the browser report when and if any of the user’s saved logins are found in data breaches. Mozilla has been planning to integrate their independent Firefox Monitor service and the new Firefox Lockwise password manager into Firefox for some time now.

Apart from their plan to integrate these, Mozilla is also thinking about starting new premium services based around these features in the future. So, Mozilla’s new initiative is primarily based on their decision to integrate the Firefox Monitor service and Firefox Lockwise password manager.

Firefox will scan the saved login names and passwords to see if any of the passwords have been exposed to a data breach listed on Have I Been Pwned website. If any such security breach is found, Firefox will now inform the user and ask them to change their password as soon as possible. However, this is not the solution to all security breaches.

This new feature of Firefox warning when saved logins are found is only applicable for data breaches which exposed passwords and were saved prior to an associated data breach. When a saved login is detected but as a breach, Mozilla will add an alert icon next to the account profile in Firefox lockwise.

On clicking on the saved login, a subpanel will open which will notify the user using an alert that the “Passwords were leaked or stolen” as part of a data breach. Mozilla is also planning on displaying the stats for the number of data breaches the logins were involved in the browser’s upcoming protection report. The reports will be available at the about protections address.

While all of this privacy and data security is planned for the Mozilla Firefox 70, it is highly likely that it would not be ready in time, and the features may be subject to change over time.

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