Firefox now warns of leaked passwords and dangerous reuse

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Password protection is a major update in Mozilla 76

Mozilla released Firefox 76 Tuesday with an improved manager to protect from password leaking and reuse. Firefox 76 now lets users know when a password is used on another website and advises when they have been used too many times.

The update also includes picture-in-picture functionality to let users watch videos in a smaller window while browsing other sites. Firefox 76 now supports Audio Worklets so Firefox users can join Zoom calls within the Firefox browser without the need for additional downloads.

Firefox Lockwise, Mozilla’s password management tool, now warns when reusing passwords. In its update, Lockwise will now generate and autofill new passwords more smoothly.

Firefox Lockwise

Formerly known as Lockbox, Lockwise generates, manage, and protect passwords for things like streaming services, and delivery services, and more.

Lockwise in Firefox 76 can now protect saved passwords by requesting the device’s main account password before a password can be revealed on the “Logins and Passwords” page.

If an online account is ever breached, a Vulnerable Password alert icon will be shown next to the website address to let users know, along with more details about the breach.

Lockwise can also now generate secure passwords of no less than 12 random letters, numbers, and symbols. When a user now creates a new account, Lockwise will ask whether to generate and save a new password.

According to Mozilla, Firefox has about 250 million active users. Mozilla releases new Firefox versions every four weeks. Firefox 77 is currently set for release in June.

Firefox 76 for Mac can now be downloaded from this website.