Firefox Master Password to Protect Stored Logins – Setup/Removal

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser

Everyone knows about the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Firefox is an open source and free web browser developed by Mozilla Corporation. It is compatible and available for Mac OS, Windows, Linux, etc operating systems. Also available to download for android and iOS. You can easily download Mozilla Firefox from the official website. Firefox is measured as a fast browser like Chrome and Edge. There are so many hidden built-in features of this browser that many few of users know about. One of them is to use a Firefox master password to protect your stored logins and passwords.

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Built-in Firefox Master Password Feature

If you are using Mozilla Firefox as your default browser, I am sure you must have saved user credentials and passwords in it. Whenever you access any webpage with your username/user id or password, you are getting a notification on Firefox to save this information or not within the browser. Of course, we select “yes” to save user credentials in order to hassle free login every time. It’s good if you are the only user of your computer.

If you have not setup Firefox master password, then, anyone can easily get into or steal your all login id’s and passwords from your browser (Firefox). If you have not setup master password, it has an option to view or delete passwords from its security settings. For better security, Firefox provides an option to protect your browser with a master password that won’t allow anyone to access your credential without a password. Nobody can enter into your web accounts without using a master password. Firefox Master Password to Protect Stored Logins Click To Tweet

Firefox Master Password Setup

In this article, I will guide you the entire process of setup and remove master password on Firefox so that you can use as per your needs. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser. Navigate to the Firefox Menu to the top-right and select “Options”.

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Step 2. In the left pane, select “Privacy & Security” and you will see more option on the right side.

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Step 3. On the right side under “Forms & Passwords”, you can see, there is an option and check-box of “Use a master password”. By default, this feature is not enabled. Click that check-box of Use a master password in order to enable it.

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Step 4. Right the moment you click the check box to use a master password, a new screen (Change Master Password) will appear. By default, the current password is not set as shown. Go ahead and “Enter new password” and then for confirmation “Re-enter password” just below and finally, click on given OK button.

You will see the confirmation that “Master password successfully changed”. Click OK button to close. Firefox Master Password to Protect Stored Logins Click To Tweet

Note: Will recommend you to remember this master password you have set. In case you forget your master password, you will not be able to access the information protected by it.

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Step 5. Now onward, whenever you will open Firefox browser and access any web page for which your password is saved, it will ask for a master password. For example: I have saved my login credentials for AOL email and now it’s asking for master password when I opened the AOL login page. Enter master password and get your user name and password automatically there. Check below image:

Disable, Remove Firefox Master Password

In case, if you want to disable or remove Firefox master password. Simply, follow till Step 3 as shown above and uncheck the box of “Use a master password”. Right the moment you uncheck it, “Remove Master Password” screen will come up. Just need to Enter your existing (current) password and click “Remove” button given below to disable this feature. Keep in your mind, if you remove this master password, any stored information will not be protected after removing this and accessible to everyone.

Remove Firefox Master Password

Most important, what happen if you forgot your current master password? How would we remove master password now? What happens with my saved login in Firefox? You must have these questions in your mind if you lost or forgot your current firefox master password. Don’t worry, we have another way to reset this master password to its default settings.

Caution: Resetting your master password will remove all of your saved credentials (usernames and passwords). Make your mind before you proceed with this step:

Step 1. Launch Mozilla Firefox, in the Firefox address bar on the top, enter the following path and hit Enter from our keyboard.

chrome://pippki/content/resetpassword.xul

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Step 2. The “Reset Master Password” page will appear with a warning message “If you reset our master password, all your stored web and e-mail passwords, form data, personal certificates, and private keys will be forgotten. Are you sure you want to reset your master password?

If you are okay, click the “Reset” button to the bottom right in order to reset Firefox Master Password.

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