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Saved passwords auto-enter before I am asked for the master password for initial page loaded on opening the browser: is this a bug?

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If I open Firefox and slelect a bookmark before I am prompted for the Master Password, I frequently am signed-in to the site (e.g. stackoverflow) and then asked for the Master Password. This is clearly not great security!

If I open Firefox and slelect a bookmark before I am prompted for the Master Password, I frequently am signed-in to the site (e.g. stackoverflow) and then asked for the Master Password. This is clearly not great security!

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hello, the login information is stored in cookies, which aren't secured through the master password (it just protects access to the file which stores the passwords). if you're concerned about security you can set firefox to keep cookies only for the active session.

Enhanced Tracking Protection in Firefox for desktop

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hello, the login information is stored in cookies, which aren't secured through the master password (it just protects access to the file which stores the passwords). if you're concerned about security you can set firefox to keep cookies only for the active session.

Enhanced Tracking Protection in Firefox for desktop

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Thanks for that. Please can you explain - as I'm feeling rather like the slow kid here - what the difference between "the login information is stored in cookies" and "the file which stores the passwords" is in real terms and, if you don't mind, the reason I'd want a master password if the cookies just get round that whole issue anyhow?

Thanks again in advance,

Matt.

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you can think of your passwords as the key which will allow you access & cookies are like the bits which store the information that the door is open.

the master password will protect your passwords from people that have access to your computer (either physical or through a malware infection) - so they can't access your accounts when the "door is locked".