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Firefox - Set a Master Password

Due to the way Firefox saves usernames and passwords for visited websites, IS&T strongly advises that you set a master password to protect your certificates and any stored passwords. The following steps are to set a master password in Firefox running on Linux, Macintosh OS X, and Windows Vista and XP platforms.

  1. Open the Firefox Preferences/Options window:
    • Linux: Edit > Preferences
    • Macintosh: Firefox > Preferences
    • Windows: Tools > Options
  2. Click the Security icon in the Preferences window.
  3. In the Passwords section, click to check Use a master password.
    Result: The Change Master Password window appears.
  4. Enter and re-enter your password.
    Warning: Do not use your Kerberos password!
  5. Click OK.
  6. In the Preferences window, if you do not want Firefox to save your passwords to websites, uncheck Remember passwords for sites.
  7. Close the Preferences window.

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August 04, 2020

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