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Where are passwords stored in Firefox?

passwords stored in Firefox
Under lock and key: here's how to find your passwords

Here’s the scenario. You have your passwords stored in Firefox, but you’re trying to access a site in a different browser on your phone and you can’t remember the password off by heart. How do you access those saved passwords?

Where to find passwords stored in Firefox

There are a couple of ways to crack this nut.

The first is to click on the menu button in the browser (the three horizontal bars in the top-right corner) and select Options. From the screen that appears, select Privacy & Security from the options on the left-hand side of the screen and click on Saved Logins.

Firefox passwords

Alternatively, you can reach the screen above by typing the following into the browser’s address bar: about:preferences#privacy

Click Saved Logins. You’ll be shown a long list of all the passwords saved in Firefox. You can search for a particular site using the search facility at the top of the window.

Once you’ve found the site in question, click on it and then hit  Show Passwords. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to see the password, which makes you wonder about the strength of character of people who say ‘no’.

Click Yes to see the password in question.

If you’re worried about people being able to stroll up to your unlocked PC and access your passwords, be it the kids at home or snooping colleagues in the office, you can set a master password that has to be entered before you can reach the saved passwords screen. Tick the box shown in the screenshot above to set up a master password.

Now read this: where are my passwords saved in Chrome?

About the author

Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at barry@bigtechquestion.com.

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