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Scott Orgera

Storing Login Credentials and Setting a Master Password in Firefox 29

By May 22, 2014

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It seems like every other week another popular website is compromised, prompting its users to change not only their login credentials but also to improve upon the strength and complexity of their passwords. As your personal data becomes more and more valuable to cybercrooks, the attempts to steal that sensitive information continue to ramp up in both frequency and aggressiveness. One way to combat these hackers is to remain vigilant, changing your passwords often and ensuring that they are strong in terms of case, character type, length, etc. This is all good and well, as modifying a password on most sites only takes a minute or two. However, remembering all of these passwords and having to type them in each time you want to send an email or check your credit card balance can be a real pain in the you-know-what.

To help alleviate this potentially stressful situation, Firefox 29 offers to store these passwords for you; automatically filling in the appropriate field each time you log in to a particular site. Having all of your important passwords stored locally by the browser can be quite convenient. It can also present an inherent security risk, as anyone with access to your browser could also gain access to your precious passwords. Firefox has a solution for that, also, in the form of its Master Password feature. Our in-depth tutorial explains everything that you need to know about the browser's password storage system and how to use it to your advantage.

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