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How to reduce prompting for "Master password"

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I hope there may be a setting to address this issue...

I have a number of passwords saved for various non critical web sites such as this forum. Recently I set a "master password" to protect my saved passwords. Whenever I open a page which has text boxes for credentials which I have saved I am prompted for the master password regardless of whether I wish to authenticate to the site or not. I would like to configure Firefox to only open the saved passwords repository (for want of a batter word) when I choose to authenticate to a site.

Is this possible?

TIA,

Ken

p.s. I close Firefox (to flush cookies etc.) OFTEN so simply unlocking the saved passwords once a day and leaving Firefox running is not an answer.

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You can only do that by disabling the Password Manager temporarily and only enable it when you need it.

  • Edit > Preferences > Security: Passwords: "Remember passwords for sites"

On Linux you can leave the Preferences window open to achieve that more easily

I usually keep remember passwords disabled and have a button on the PrefBar toolbar that I use to quickly turn it on/off (signon.rememberSignons).

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You can only do that by disabling the Password Manager temporarily and only enable it when you need it.

  • Edit > Preferences > Security: Passwords: "Remember passwords for sites"

On Linux you can leave the Preferences window open to achieve that more easily

I usually keep remember passwords disabled and have a button on the PrefBar toolbar that I use to quickly turn it on/off (signon.rememberSignons).

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Thanks cor-el. That may do the trick. I am playing with prefbar. I am guessing that the button to toggle signon.rememberSignons is a custom button. Would you be willing to share the code behind it?

Thanks again,

Ken

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Open the PrefBar Customize window via the right-click context menu of the PrefBar.
Create a new pref check via the right-click context menu of the right pane: New > Pref Check

Enter an ID (e.g. chk_rememberSignons) and a label that appears on the PrefBar and put in the Prefstring field signon.rememberSignons to specify which pref is affected.
Put value in the toPref and fromPref fields, that will toggle the pref between true and false and show a check-mark with the true value.

You can assign a hotkey to that pref if you want to toggle the pref with the keyboard.
That still works if you want to hide the PrefBar with F8 to get more screen space.

I color the check boxes with code in userChrome.css to make it easier to spot that I've changed some of them

The customization files userChrome.css (interface) and userContent.css (websites) are located in the chrome folder in the user profile folder.


@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul"); /* only needed once */

#prefbar-buttons checkbox[id="prefbar:button:chk_rememberSignons"] .checkbox-check[checked="true"]
{ -moz-box-shadow: 0pt 0pt 5px rgba(153,255,51,0.8) inset, 0pt 0pt 20px rgba(153,255,51,0.8) inset !important; }

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THANK YOU cor-el. Add another solution to your tally. This works GREAT!

Ken

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You're welcome