Firefox’s password manager gets smarter

You enter the user name and password to log on a web service. Firefox asks you if you want to save your credential and you accept. Then you realize you mistyped your username or password but now Firefox has saved it and you will have to either select the correct one from a list every time you access the same web site (if you are lazy) or will have to manually delete the wrong credential (press the down button in the user name field, select the value you want to delete and pres Shift + Delete).

This wouldn’t have happened if Firefox offered to remember a password after the log on attempt so you can more properly decide if the credential is valid and you want to save it or not. And that’s what Firefox 3 will do starting from the latest development release (nightly): after a log on attempt, the information bar is prompted asking if you want to remember the password.

Remember password in Firefox 3

It is not smart enough to detect if the logon was successful but it will certainly help to less cluttered and efficient credential lists.

20 thoughts on “Firefox’s password manager gets smarter”

  1. I would like to remove a remembered password from popping up.. entirely. How do I do that?
    Pete

  2. Pete, in the Tools menu select Options. Change to the security page and press the Show Passwords button. Then look for the site the password is saved for and delete it.

  3. Hello,
    This new feature is really good. I face problem due to this. Problem is , password manager view at top of browser reduced clientwidth and height . So it create problem as in my site all content at fixed location by setting div position. due to this it sometime scrollbar displayed. Can i customize this feature ?

    Wait for your response.

    Thanks,
    Jinal Patel.

    1. We have a somewhat similar problem with that drop-down animation here.

      We use Firefox on server machines with “small” on-board graphics cards and with remote sessions a lot.

      So the up/down animation of that bar pushing the entire window content down and up again causes much more interruption than the quicker pop-up window ever did.

      What would be better from our perspective would be to push the bar “over” the page content as some sort of overlay, not pushing the page content down and up. Preferably with the option to disable the animation itself, so that it is just switched on/off, not animated.

  4. The password manager is far too sensitive. We have a web-based application with admin features to manage user records. These user records contain masked and/or password fields. Each time an administrator has to edit a record, they have to contend with the prompt to remember the password – and if this is someone’s JOB, then this becomes an extremely significant annoyance. And no company should be expected to have to put up with the inconvenience (time = money) of having to respond to customers and to educate them about how to turn the feature off – especially if they use the feature to actually log into places. Apparently, FireFox 3 triggers its password manager on ANY page that has ANY input field of type=”password” on it, regardless of whether it is actually a password or not, and regardless of whether the page is actually a login form. There really needs to be an appropriate way to signal the password manager to do its thing.
    Come on, Mozilla – put some thought into this!

    1. I run Firefox 3.0.1 on Vista 32 bit. As in individual at-home user, I experience the opposite compared with Bill (above). The Password Manager simply doesn’t engage on certain pages where I wish it would. Doesn;t seem to be related to whether or not it’s an https address. When it does recognize that I just entered a userID and a password, its way of functioning is OK with me. I don’t much mind the new dropdown animation although, expecting the more obvious popup, it was some time before I noticed it. But about half the time, no dropdown ever appears. Annoying! I wish I knew of a way – maybe an addon toolbar button – that basically would force Password Manager to consider a particular page to be one that gets the stored-password treatment. I’d settle for an “Add URL” option inside the inner sanctum of the “Saved Passwords” dialog boxes, unwieldy as that may be. I’ve looked and looked – have I missed it? Seems to me there’s some kind of forms-filling feature (not encrypted I guess, but…) but I can’t locate that either.

      1. emarell, I had the same issue (and found your entry when looking for a solution).

        Here’s what finally worked for me: When I searched through the stored passwords (in Preferences>Security>Save Passwords) I found the URL, but it had no username/password associated with it (as though it saved a ‘blank’ user/pwd). I deleted that URL (with the blank user/pwd), found the URL again and re-logged in, this time FF correctly asked if I wanted it to ‘remember the password.’

        [As to how I managed to store a blank username and password, I've no idea, perhaps that's a glitch or I did something crazy. In addition to an 'Add URL' link in the password manager, the option to 'Update User/Password' for any stored URL would also be handy.]

        1. Thanks to steve s. for what will no doubt prove to be a useful trick to know – but alas, it didn’t alter the outcome for my “Public Enemy #1″ (login page for my city library system). Same old thing: Firefox’s password manager does not react to this page; yet there is no entry related in any way to this web site among those in my currently stored passwords. Annoying.

  5. hi there!!! is there a way to force mozilla firefox to record the username and password??
    thanks for the one who want to reply to this!! it will be a great help for my side to know this!!

  6. Re forcing Firefox to save passwords on sites that ordinarily preclude that browser functionality, this site (http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/07/18/force-firefox-to-offer-to-save-or-remember-password-for-yahoo-windows-live-msn-passport-paypal-and-other-secure-websites/) has a javascript bookmark that will re-enable that functionality. Simply save the bookmarklet link as a bookmark on your browser, then run that bookmark while on the login page in question, then complete your login. Firefox should then offer to save the password.

    1. Again thank you for directing us to another attempt to solve the puzzle. Appreciated! In all candor, though, the instructions for this are pretty much unintelligible. What does “run the bookmark” mean? Nothing happens, if it means click the bookmark open.

      Further: the cited page links readers to another [quasi-unintelligible] page apparently written by the same author, where there’s a “permanent” hack of Firefox that is supposed to enable the password manager where it was not previously enabled. That link is http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/08/16/fix-firefox-does-not-save-store-or-remember-password-on-some-sites-permanently-for-always-auto-complete/. I tried that set of instructions also. It basically destroyed Firefox (although not to the point of it refusing to open, fortunately) – it really messed up the UI (or skin). Nothing I tried would repair it until I used Windows Vista’s “Backup and Restore” feature, reverting to the previous day’s [automated] backup.

      Sorry. Still needed, in my view: some truly user-friendly way to override the password manager’s reluctance to activate. Maybe a toolbar button, a context menu option, or some other form of add-on. Hopefully somebody who’s much more technically proficient than I am can come up with something based on these java scripts or whatever one calls them.

  7. I’ve already saw but not tried that particular method described in mydigitallife, which is mentioned here in comments. If you see that post’s comments that “hack” is “allegedly” not working in Firefox 3+. I do not know.
    What I know is, I tried a similar method, from an old site, which worked for my Firefox 3.0.5. Then I wrote an article in my blog in greek but you should be able to find the link to the,known(, bookmarklet site I am talking about in my article.It should work in XP, 2000 but vista, linux I do not know.
    My post for the interested:
    http://sotostips.blogspot.com/2009/01/firefox-password-yahoo.html

  8. Apparently, mydigitallife has a second article for this matter. That is I am talking about in my preceding comment, sorry.(it’s name is “force-firefox-to-offer-to-save-or-remember-password-for-yahoo-windows-live-msn-passport-paypal-and-other-secure-websites”)

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