Firefox passwords & permissions

This week, we’ve been learning all about the free, fast, and secure Firefox browser.

Click here to read all about how to download and install Firefox.

Click here to learn about your homepage and search options.

Click here to learn about your security options.

Today we’ll look at your options for remembering passwords and managing pop-ups.

Under Forms & Passwords, you can choose if Firefox will ask you to save the logins and passwords for websites.  You can also click on Exceptions to tell Firefox to make exceptions for certain websites. Another option is to click on Use a master password.

Then you’ll be asked to enter one password before the browser accesses your saved passwords for other sites.


It’s simple to create and Firefox will let you know if you’ve chosen a strong password. Click OK after you choose.


Under history, you can decide if Firefox will remember your search history or clear it every time you end a browsing session. Click Clear History to immediately clear it.


Under Address Bar, you can choose if you’ll get suggestions based on your browsing history, bookmarks, and already open tabs.


Permissions lets you choose whether or not sites may have access to your locations, camera, microphone, or give you notifications.  For example, a map site might need your location to give you directions. A video chat site would need to access your camera. Click on Settings to see which sites have requested access. From there you can choose to accept or block that access.


Click on Settings to see which sites have requested access. From there you can choose to accept or block that access.


Your next option is to block pop-up windows. This can cause trouble with some sites. You can click on Exceptions to add sites that need pop-ups. I suggest you tick the box that gives you a warning when websites try to install add-ons. Whether or not you tick the box next to Prevent accessibility services from accessing your browser is up to you. But this can prevent some security add-ons from working.


You can choose whether or not to allow Firefox to use your technical and interaction data or to install studies that keep an eye on how you use the browser.


Microsoft has built-in protection for what it considers to be dangerous downloads and software. This is an excellent feature but might occasionally cause you a problem. If you’re trying to download something you know is legitimate, this is a good place to check if you can’t.


Finally, you can click on Firefox Account to see which features are synced across multiple devices and what devices are connected to your account.


I hope this little tour has been helpful. Consider giving Firefox a try and let me know what you think.

One thought on “Firefox passwords & permissions

  1. I got Thunderbird email by the folks at Cloudeight installing it for me on my Windows 10 computer a few years ago. Now the T.bird icon no longer takes me to my email account. Am I going to have to sign up for Firefox in order to get to my T.bird email? Am I going to have to re-install T.bird? Email just confuses the daylights out of me, with its POP and that other 3-letter acronym. This has thrown me into a tizzy. I have no intention whatsoever of using Firefox, I like Chrome. I like T.bird because of the ability to place a jpg directly on the page and that’s all I ever use it for, but I mostly use Gmail and Yahoo.

    What is YOUR advice, Cyn?

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