Use a Primary Password to protect stored logins and passwords

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Firefox can save usernames and passwords that you use to access online services, such as banking and email websites. If you share a computer with anyone, it is recommended that you use a Primary Password.

Multiple devices/profiles: Primary Passwords are set locally and are not synced between profiles or devices. If you use more than one device or profile, those use separate Primary Passwords.

Important: After you have defined and set your Primary Password, you will be prompted to enter it once for each Firefox session, when Firefox needs access to your stored passwords. This also applies if you want to add, remove or show a password.

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Create a Primary Password

By default, Firefox does not use Primary Passwords (formerly known as Master password) to protect stored credentials. To define a Primary Password:

  1. Click the menu button Fx89menuButton to open the menu panel.
  2. Click Logins and PasswordsPasswords.
  3. Click the Firefox logins menu Three dot menu, then click OptionsPreferences.

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    • The Firefox Settings Privacy & Security panel will open to the Logins and PasswordsPasswords section.
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  4. Put a checkmark next to Use a Primary Password to open the Change Primary Password dialog.
  5. Enter your Primary Password. The Password quality meter will indicate the difficulty of guessing your defined password. To create a quality password, your Primary Password should include the following:
    • At least one uppercase letter to add complexity.
    • Digits embedded within the password, avoiding simple placements at the start or end.
    • At least one non-alphanumeric character, such as: @ # $ % ^ & * ( ).
    • A configuration that is easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess, ensuring that you, and only you, can access this secure information.
    For more information on choosing passwords, see Create secure passwords to keep your identity safe.
    Tip: Avoid common substitutions or sequences that might seem complex but are widely used and easily guessed, such as "Password1!" or "Password@13". Instead, think of a unique phrase or a combination of words that only you can easily recall.
  6. Enter the password a second time to confirm that you have entered it consistently.
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  7. To set the Primary Password, click OK.
  8. Close the Settings page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.

Remove the Primary Password

Should you decide you don't need your Primary Password anymore, you can delete it at any time:

Important: Without a Primary Password, someone with access to your computer can view the passwords you have saved in Firefox.
  1. Click the menu button Fx89menuButton to open the menu panel.
  2. Click Logins and PasswordsPasswords.
  3. Click the Firefox logins menu Three dot menu, then click OptionsPreferences.

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    • The Firefox Settings Privacy & Security panel will open to the Logins and PasswordsPasswords section.
  4. Remove the checkmark next to Use a Primary Password.
  5. Enter the current password to confirm your ownership of the account.
  6. Click Remove.
  7. Click OK in the dialog that appears to confirm its removal.
  8. Close the Settings page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.

Change the Primary Password

You can also change your Primary Password at any time:

  1. Click the menu button Fx89menuButton to open the menu panel.
  2. Click Logins and PasswordsPasswords.
  3. Click the Firefox logins menu Three dot menu, then click OptionsPreferences.

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    • The Firefox Settings Privacy & Security panel will open to the Logins and PasswordsPasswords section.
  4. Click Change Primary Password….
  5. Enter the current password to confirm your ownership of the account.
  6. Enter the new Primary Password twice.
    • Leaving the two fields empty removes your Primary Password.
  7. To accept the changed Primary Password, click OK.
  8. Close the Settings page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.



Based on information from Master password (mozillaZine KB)

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