First of all, why should websites try to stop me from saving my password? Do they really think its more secure if people have to write their passwords on stickynotes on their monitor to remember them--or worse, use the same password on all sites? I what way is it conceivably more secure? In any case it's MY business how I manage my passwords--not theirs!
So my question is, how can I effectively make firefox remember ALL the passwords I want, when _I_ want to--and NOT obey evil websites that just want to practice CYA while actually making me LESS secure?
You can use the Remember Password bookmarklet:
Has worked for me when I have needed it to save a password on a web site that used autocomplete=off. As far as the Bug that cor-el linked, I can't remember ever running across a website that did it like that.
Or, you can use the Saved Password Editor extension, which includes a means of manually adding Username/Passwords to Firefox.
I’ve re-compiled the ‘omni.jar’ with a modified ‘nsLoginManager.js’ file and now it works for me. If you want I can send you the file, so you will be able to replace it with the original one.
It seems every time I update versions, I lose more passwords. I went from 3.6.15 to 4, then back to 3.6.15, then I just updated to 3.6.16. V4 was freezing in the search bar so I reverted to the earlier version, which I previously reverted to an earlier version because of a bug with Ad Block Plus (that was later fixed), I do not like adding add-ons or playing with script and I certainly do not want a master password; I would prefer a more stable browser. Passwords are not being saved on sites where there is no strict security, like a newspaper or something.
I have been running FF for a very long time. Bookmarklets does not seem like a workable solution - and since more and more people complain every week, my other question would be, Firefox, are you reading these posts?
Alon, if you get very positive responses from your solution, may I get more detail? I am technical enough to follow instructions, but I do not understand yours. Thank you.
There does no appear to be fix for this in Version 5.01 because there are no applicable java script files to edit. Thus, it appears to be a systemic bug that only the Mozilla team can address.
This isn't really a website problem, it's how Mozilla have implemented the 'autocomplete' attribute. As a website developer, this attribute promises a good way to prevent different users of the same computer from viewing what has previously been entered in a form by clicking in or starting typing a word in a field. This is autocomplete - it is not and should not be related to whether or not a password manager stores passwords.
Therefore the most sensible and user-friendly solution is for Firefox to only disable autocomplete on fields with autocomplete set - ie not show previously typed values - and it should always offer to save your password.
This way leaves the user in control, and really being in control must be one of the biggest reasons why people use an independent browser such as Firefox.
Mozilla is following W3C standards where websites declare "autocomplate =off" by not saving the login data - username and password. The standard is to not save that data - period.
Over a year ago in this thread, I posted a way to allow the user to override autocomplete = off, but most users aren't familiar with bookmarklets and how they can put the user more in control of the web.
Multiple users of a PC shouldn't even have access to any other user's personal information like passwords. The first line of security is separate Logon User Accounts for each user - each user has their own preferences, settings, and saved data for all the programs that they use.
If you think Mozilla is wrong with the way password autocomplete is handled in Firefox, file a Bug report with a proposal about how you think it should work. But search Bugzilla to make sure a similar Bug hasn't already been filed and marked as "wontfix".