Today’s browsers are highly professional; fast, more secured and flexible.
I have been using all the four important browesers viz. Firefox, Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer, and I recommend Firefox, even after the launch of Internet Explorer 7.
Many of the features like tabbed browsing, live bookmarks, Google Toolbar etc., are now found in both Internet Explorer 7 and in Firefox, but the open source nature of Firefox and the ever increasing list of addon’s tilt the balance in favor of Firefox.
If you haven’t yet got switched to Firefox, do it now. You will love its speed if not anything else.
That said… let us not forget that this post is about how to secure your passwords with firefox.
Today, many websites or services available on internet, ask you to register with them and with the registration, you are given a unique username and password. An average user, is oer burdened with tens and hundreds of passwords and it becomes very difficult to remember each of them. Generally users make three four passwords and use them on all sites. Firefox makes your life convenient by offering to remember your passwords and usernames and whenever you visit the website, these are automatically inserted.
This is a very useful service but very risky, if your computer is used by others. These passwords can easily be seen by any other person using this computer.
But Firefox allows you to keep them secured with a master password. Whenever anybody tries to see your stored password, Firefox asks him to enter the master password and thus keeps you safe.
How to protect passwords with Firefox
- Click “Tools > Options” menu.
- Go to the “Security” tab > click on “Show Passwords” button in Passwords block.
- A window will open with all the website names and user names you have stored for each of them. At the bottom, there will be a button “Show Password”. Click it.
- It will seek your confirmation, and after you confirm, lo…..all your stored passwords are here. Now you must be feeling the urgency to protect your passwords.
To protect your passwords…
- Go back to step1.
- Click on the”Use Master Password” check box.
- Enter the master password in the next window.
But caution: You must do remember this master password, because there is no method to retrieve this master password, at least I do not know.
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