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Sync when upgrading to new computer

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On my old computer - Linux Mint 19 with current Firefox installed, I had enabled an account and set a master password. Now I'm upgrading to a new computer. Firefox does not recognize the old master password. I found the setting to enable a new account password, but through the multiple jumps needed to get this set up, it frequently locks me out for 15 minutes. You encouraged saving passwords in Firefox. Switching the method for storing the passwords between versions and then having frequent 15 minute lockouts will make me abandon this platform. I don't have time for this. I do have my passwords backed up, but there is no where in Firefox that I can see in the passwords section to import from Firefox. I'm very disappointed.

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

I'm not sure what you are doing.

The primary/master password is for protecting passwords in the current profile folder. If you copy files from one profile to another profile or restore files (logins: logins.json and key4.db) then you transfer the PP as well (key4.db stores this password) and you need this old PP. Since you talk about an account, I assume that you mean connecting to a Sync account and that you are trying to restore logins from a Sync account you were using previously. Storing data on the Sync server uses the password of this Sync account to encrypt data before it is uploaded (the PP never leaves your device), so you need this password (and not the PP) to connect to the Sync account.

Note that Sync isn't designed to be used as a backup, but is merely meant to Sync data between connected devices. Note that resetting the password of the Sync account will remove all data on the Sync server (only the original password can decrypt it).

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

I'm not sure what you are doing.

The primary/master password is for protecting passwords in the current profile folder. If you copy files from one profile to another profile or restore files (logins: logins.json and key4.db) then you transfer the PP as well (key4.db stores this password) and you need this old PP. Since you talk about an account, I assume that you mean connecting to a Sync account and that you are trying to restore logins from a Sync account you were using previously. Storing data on the Sync server uses the password of this Sync account to encrypt data before it is uploaded (the PP never leaves your device), so you need this password (and not the PP) to connect to the Sync account.

Note that Sync isn't designed to be used as a backup, but is merely meant to Sync data between connected devices. Note that resetting the password of the Sync account will remove all data on the Sync server (only the original password can decrypt it).

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