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sutton230520
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Status: New idea

 

As a dedicated user and enthusiast of the Firefox browser, I would like to propose an enhancement that I believe would greatly benefit the Firefox user community.

Suggestion

I suggest adding a built-in password protected feature to the Firefox browser that allows users to lock their screens. This feature would require users to authenticate themselves with a password, authenticator app or TOTP (Time-based One-Time Password), or a security key in order to unlock the browser screen and access their browsing session. By implementing such a feature, Firefox can provide an additional layer of security, particularly for users who share their computers or have concerns about unauthorized access to their browsing history and sensitive information.

While I acknowledge the existence of third-party extensions, such as the Browser Lock extension for other browsers, integrating this functionality directly into the Firefox browser would offer a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. It would eliminate the need for users to search for and install separate extensions, ensuring a consistent and secure browsing environment for all Firefox users.

Additional Capabilities

To further enhance the usability and security of this built-in password protected feature, I recommend considering the following capabilities:

1. Multiple Authentication Options: Allow users to choose their preferred method of authentication, including passwords, authenticator apps or TOTP, or security keys. This flexibility will accommodate users' varying security preferences and needs.

2. Customization Options: Provide users with the ability to customize the lock screen, such as selecting a background image or adding a personalized message. This would enable users to further personalize their browsing experience while maintaining security.

3. Password Recovery Mechanism: Implement a secure and reliable password recovery mechanism, such as security questions or email verification, to assist users in case they forget their password. This would ensure that users can regain access to their browsing sessions without compromising security.

4. Lockout Policy: Consider implementing a lockout policy that temporarily locks the login option for a specified duration after a certain number of unsuccessful login attempts. This safeguard would protect against brute-force attacks and enhance the overall security of the feature.

Conclusion

By incorporating these features into the Firefox browser, Mozilla can demonstrate its ongoing commitment to user privacy, security, and overall user experience. I firmly believe that this enhancement would position Firefox as a leader in browser security and appeal to users who prioritize robust protection for their online activities.

23 Comments
sajjadn90
New member

Pass lock for using Firefox

One of the best ideas is that due to security issues, it is better to use pass lock in Firefox, in which case it will be used in a personalized purpose.

Status changed to: New idea
Jon
Community Manager
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Serg
Employee
Employee

@sajjadn90  can you elaborate what do you mean by pass lock? How do you see it working?

sajjadn90
New member

@SergThank you, Its like screen lock in phone for access the phone
if you want to enter the personal browser you must enter password, I attach my idea like image below, you can check it

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/lock-Microsoft-Edge-with-password.png?ezim... 

Serg
Employee
Employee

I see, it looks like an extension to Primary Password. Just want to note that while it adds a bit of protection, it can not stop a half serious attacker. Locking device with OS provided mechanism would always be more secure.

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Jon
Community Manager
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Anonymous
Not applicable

Adding In-Built app lock for Firefox would be great for all categories of OS including PC's that do not have In-built fingerprint reader.

wutongtaiwan
Making moves

I agree

a_b
New member

So much better to have our profile locked with a password on a shared computer

Escanor
New member

Password - a password feature to lock firefox browser itself

I just want to you to add a password feature to lock firefox browser itself to protect our privacy

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Jon
Community Manager
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Horus_Sirius
Making moves

I support this idea.

For Windows users, the key combination WIN + L blocks the entire device from unauthorized access.

Maybe the key combination CTRL + ALT + L based on Windows. 😉

The master password for Firefox could be promoted, which if I am correctly informed also better protects the security of the saved passwords in Firefox from unauthorized third-party programs, so it increases protection anyway.
This master password feature should really be used, especially with a multi-user device.

goddamnday
New member

+1 !

Daytona123
New member

Master Password for Firefox access ( not only password protection )

Hello, I just learned that the "Master password" only protects the passwords and not the chronic, browser history and bookmarks of Firefox. But these highly private and confidentional informations should be protected from third persons access and view too.  I will explain this.

If I have a desktop PC or laptop in my home environment, people around me can start my PC or laptop. Or, if I have to give my PC or laptop away for repair.

If Firefox is not "master protected" from access and use, these private informations about me, listed in in the chronic, the browser history and the bookmarks are visible. And can even easily be exported !!

So, all people can see:

Which websites had I been on the last months? Were there ones with adult content, political websites, certain stores, I visited, what did I order online?

Which Google searches did I make? Did I look for adult content, did I search for diseases, I might have? Did I look for a loan and so on!

THESE are the informations I want to keep private and confidentional and can compromise me, not my passwords !

So, to have a functionality which protects the complete browser before entering, would be a great help and relief and a high priority feature for the Firefox browser! I can imagine very much people think like me and would be glad to have such privacy protection.

All it needs is to let the "password box" for the Master password stay and block the browser till the password is entered. ( And not, like now, that you can simply click the box away. )

Would be really great if Firefox could add this option.
Thanks and best regards
Carlos