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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.

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Status changed to: New idea
Jon
Community Manager
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Jon
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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

 

goodman
New member

browser locking

Hi all. the huge security problem of all browsers is we can not set any password for locking of that maybe we have to leave a laptop or PC for minutes at work .hear is time the other persons can see saved password in the browser setting please think about this issue 1-we can lock the browsers fully and easily. 2-We can set the password to the browser setting passwords portion everybody can have access to there without our permission. 3-When we have saved the password for the login box of any site there is an eye icon symbol next to the saved password everybody can easily click on it and it shows the saved password please have a solution for the eye symbol of the login box. thank you so much

Daytona123
New member

That the idea of protecting Firefox access with a password is so clear and obvious, you can see in comparison with a handy.

Each phone has a screen lock / password protection. Unthinkable a phone not offering this feature.

Image a screen lock on a handy that only protects third party people from phoning and having access to passwords, but allows them to have a look in the contacts who you have called and phoned with in the last six months. Everybody would say that this is simply stupid offering such a password protection.

But exactly this is the situation with Firefox!

For example: I give my PC to my dealer for repair. He ans his crew can open my Firefox, see my bookmarks ( or chronic) and have an exact idea of my interests, where I have been in the internet, where I was looking for. This can be very exposing and embarrassing !

So, what is your advice now for me at the moment with my bookmarks ( and chronic ) to do in this situation?

The idea with the Firefox screenlock would help instantly as an extension of the password protection.

It is really hard to believe that this feature does not exist yet or is not on the priority list!

Daytona123
New member

That the idea of protecting Firefox access with a password is so clear and obvious, you can see in comparison with a handy.

Each phone has a screen lock / password protection. Unthinkable a phone not offering this feature.

Image a screen lock on a handy that only protects third party people from phoning and having access to passwords, but allows them to have a look in the contacts who you have called and phoned with in the last six months. Everybody would say that this is simply stupid offering such a password protection.

But exactly this is the situation with Firefox!

For example: I give my PC to my dealer for repair. He ans his crew can open my Firefox, see my bookmarks ( or chronic) and have an exact idea of my interests, where I have been in the internet, where I was looking for. This can be very exposing and embarrassing !

So, what is your advice now for me at the moment with my bookmarks ( and chronic ) to do in this situation?

The idea with the Firefox screenlock would help instantly as an extension of the password protection.

It is really hard to believe that this feature does not exist yet or is not on the priority list!

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

(Note: similar ideas have been merged into this thread)

noname
Strollin' around

"we" already have function in firefox called "Use a Master Password to protect stored logins and passwords".
But when we use it even if "someone" who started "your" firefox - can have access to "your":

download history
browsing history
and much important - bookmarks

why just not block access to all personal data - put it under password.
i FULLY agree with all what he writed in first post, but may be developers think that - those functions is hard to implement.

But this three:
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download history
browsing history
and much important - bookmarks
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it is simply logicalu must be under password lock - if user WANT a to put password to his\her PERSONAL DATA.

p.s.
and for android version - "we" also want same things. Ability to put password in firefox for android - on all personal data in application.