Password Manager - Remember, delete, change and import saved passwords in Firefox

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In a safe and secure manner, Firefox can store usernames and passwords that you use to access websites so that when you access one, Firefox automatically fills in the appropriate fields for you. Using Firefox's Password Manager, you can also manage the passwords you want Firefox to remember. If several people can get to your computer using your operating system user account, you can protect the access to your stored passwords by a master password. This article describes how to remember, view, delete and protect your passwords.

  • Through the Password Manager, you can review the actual passwords that are stored by Firefox, which is helpful if you forget your password to a site.
  • Choosing more secure passwords will help keep your identity safe on the internet. For more, see Create secure passwords to keep your identity safe
Note: When the Password Manager is used to store usernames and passwords, this sensitive data is stored on your local hard disk in encrypted format.

Remembering passwords

When you submit your username and password to a website, Firefox prompts you to ask if you want Firefox to remember the username and password.

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Note: If Firefox does not prompt you, see Usernames and passwords are not saved. Clicking inside a browser window hides the prompt. To bring it back, just click the key icon on the left of the location bar.
  • To have Firefox remember your username and password, click Remember Password. The next time you visit the website, Firefox automatically enters your username and password in the appropriate location.
    • If you've stored a wrong password, type the right one instead and click ChangeUpdate.
  • To instruct Firefox to never ask or remember passwords for the current website, click Never for This Siteclick the drop-down menu and select Never Remember Password for This Site. When you visit the website again, you are not prompted to save the password. If you later change your mind, you can remove the site from in exceptions list using the OptionsPreferences window - Security panel.
  • To skip storing your username and password for now, clickclick the drop-down menu and select Not Now. You may be prompted to store the username and password when you visit the site again.
Note: Some websites offer to keep you logged in on the computer using a cookie. This feature works whatever their password storage status.


Viewing and deleting passwords

At any time, you can review the usernames and passwords that Firefox has saved for you.

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Click the Security panel.
  3. Click Saved Passwords....
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  4. The Password Manager will open:
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    • By default, Firefox displays only the name of the site and the username. To display the associated passwords for each site and username, click Show Passwords. When you confirm, the passwords are displayed.
      • To hide displayed passwords, click Hide Passwords.
    • To search for passwords in the Password Manager, enter either a site or username in the box marked "Search:", the results will show up automatically.
      • To return to a full listing of entries, click the X at the end of the search bar.
    • To remove a password from the Password Manager, select the password, and click Remove.
    • To remove all stored passwords from the Password Manager, click Remove All. When you confirm that you want to remove all of your stored passwords, they are deleted.


Protecting your passwords

If several people can get to your computer using your operating system user account, you can create a master password to protect the access to the passwords that you've stored. For each Firefox session, it must be entered the first time you store a new password and when you remove passwords or attempt to view saved passwords from the Password Manager.


Troubleshooting

For help troubleshooting problems, see these articles: