Firefox should get a random password generator 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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