According to reports, Firefox is launching a feature that would alert users who save their passwords in the browser whenever those passwords have been compromised in a breach.
Last year, teach giant, Mozilla Firefox has collaborated with Hunt to build a built-in password monitoring characteristic that would alert users if their passwords were part of a publicly disclosed breach. Furthermore, the Monitor tool from Firefox would send users notifications to users whenever the saved information in their system can be compromised aside from running a scan retroactively.
“It can be hard to keep track of when your information has been stolen, so we’re going to help by launching Firefox Monitor, a free service that notifies people when they’ve been part of a data breach. After testing this summer, the results and positive attention gave us the confidence we needed to know this was a feature we wanted to give to all of our users,” reads a blog post from Mozilla.
Now, Mozilla Firefox is said to be in the works to integrate the feature to the Lockwise password manager, a system that guards and encrypts users’ passwords. They are working on releasing the new feature along with the new version of the browser, the Firefox 70. The feature works with cross-referencing the information with the famous data breach database, Have I Been Pwned. The integration will scan and detect all saved login credentials in both the Lockwise password manager as well as the Mozilla Firefox browser and cross-referencing those entries to a huge database of information leaks reported by Have I Been Pwned, while simultaneously and continuously warning users if a match has been made.
“Visit monitor.firefox.com and enter your email address. Through our partnership with Troy Hunt’s “Have I Been Pwned,” your email address will be scanned against a database that serves as a library of data breaches. You will come to know if your email address and/or personal information was involved in a publicly known past information breach. Once the user knows where his email address was compromised he should immediately change his password and any other place where he has used that password,” explains Mozilla on how the Monitor works.