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Firefox should get a random password generator this fall

Password generator setting in Firefox Nightly (Source: ZDNet)
Password generator setting in Firefox Nightly (Source: ZDNet)
Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers had a random password generator feature since last year's fall, so the fact that Firefox is getting it as well should not surprise anyone. This feature is already available in the latest Nightly version of Mozilla's browser and should hit the Stable branch this fall.

Finding a secure password is quite a challenge, mainly because most people never realize that the best passwords are those that cannot be guessed and even remembered. Obviously, everyone should generate very complex passwords and choose a convenient way to store and retrieve them — the best one being to use a password manager with two-factor authentication. Once only available as separate tools, random password generators are reaching most popular browsers nowadays.

In the fall of 2018, Google added a random password generator to Chrome. The good news is that this feature also became available for all the other Chromium-based browsers. Sadly, Mozilla Firefox users will have to wait for a while until their favorite piece of code will finally come to offer this feature in a stable build.

The more adventurous ones can already take the random password generator in Firefox for a spin since the latest Nightly build already comes with this feature under the hood. To enable this feature in Firefox's test builds currently available, the user should go to about:config and make sure that the signon.generation.available and signon.generation.enabled options are set to True.

In Firefox 69 stable — which is expected to arrive in early September — and in the Nightly builds already available (after taking the aforementioned steps, of course), the random password generator should be available in the Logins and Passwords section of the Privacy & Security area.

What is your approach to password generation/privacy in 2019? Is two-factor authentication good enough for you? Do you have a favorite password manager? Feel free to share your strategy with the rest of us in the comments section below.


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Codrut Nistor, 2019-06-27 (Update: 2019-06-27)