How to test Lockbox, the new Firefox password manager
Mozilla is working on a new password manager for Firefox called Lockbox. For now it is in the alpha development phase and although initially it was launched as an extension that only Mozilla employees could use, it is now possible to install it in our browser if we want to test it.
Lockbox will seek to replace the current password manager integrated in Firefox , but before seeing it in a stable version of the browser, it will arrive as one of the Firefox Test Pilot experiments before the end of the year.
Install Lockbox in Firefox
Lockbox only works with Firefox 57 and later versions , that is, the current beta version and Firefox Nightly. If you install it in the current stable version there is no guarantee that it will even do something.
You can download Lockbox as an extension from the launches page on Github or from here . If you use the first link, make sure to download the signed version: signed-addon.xpi or the browser will block the installation.
Once downloaded you will see the usual message to install the add-on, just click on add and go. Now you will see an icon in the form of a bolt in the toolbar.
The first thing you have to do is set a master password from the page that opens automatically when you install the extension. (Cover image).
Once this is done you can start adding entries to the password manager manually.
The difference between this manager and the one that Firefox currently has is that Lockbox will not automatically show messages asking if you want to save the data of a website when you log in.
If you install Lockbox, the browser will no longer display these messages, instead you must manually enter the details of each page whose credentials you want to store.
Any password that you already have stored in the browser will remain there, but you will no longer be asked to save more. The reactive function if you uninstall Lockbox.
To save passwords you must enter a name, the URL of the website, the username and password, and you can also add notes. The user and password fields have buttons to copy that you can easily use to paste the data when you log in.
You also have a search engine on the right to quickly find the credentials of the site you need, and you can see the number of passwords stored so far.
Lockbox is quite in the bones, for now there is no way to change the master password, but you can start from scratch by reinstalling the extension.
Keep in mind that this is in early stages of development , there are no clear plans of when it will be official, or if it will be, but it is an interesting alternative, especially for those who do not want the browser to ask if it wants to save the passwords.