Mozilla Firefox’s Password saving feature is nice if used in moderation. I use this feature for all the zillion websites that require you to register but does not have our sensitive personal information. Even then, some level of protection is better than nothing when it comes to allowing your browser to store your username & password information. So, it is a very good idea to set a Master Password in Firefox.
Set Master Password
- You can do this by going to Tools -> Options -> Security in Firefox 2.0 and newer. [Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> Passwords in older versions]
- Choose ‘Remember passwords for sites’ option
- Choose ‘Use a master password’ option and enter a secure password. (Try to use mixed case and numbers and the password quality meter will give you an idea about how hard your password would be to guess.)
- Master passwords are set on a per-profile basis. So, if you use multiple profiles make sure you set one for each profile.
In the rave event that you forgot your Master Password, no worries, you can reset the password. One thing to remember about this reset is that you will lose all the saved usernames & passwords. I think it is a very good thing since anyone else who intentionally resets your Master Password would not gain access to your data. It would still be an inconvenience to lose all that stored data, so try not to forget it in the first place.
Everybody forgets stuff. This is how you reset your master password if you forget it.
Reset Master Password
- Type “chrome://pippki/content/resetpassword.xul” in your browser location bar (CTRL+L).
- Press the ‘Reset’ button.
- Now, you can go back to Tools -> Options menu to reset your Master Password.
That’s it! You can use the same trick to reset passwords in Mozilla Thunderbird as well and you can get more information here in the Mozillazine article.