Building on its ‘privacy-first’ mission,Mozilla has launched ‘Firefox Lockbox,’ a free password manager for Android users. The tool comes from the company’s Test Flight experimental program and offers Firefox users a simple and easy-to-use way to have their passwords stored and filled automatically. It also offers some handy security features to keep your confidential credentials safe.
Firefox Lockbox: How it works
Once you download Lockbox on your Android phone, there would be absolutely no need to jot down usernames and passwords on an unsecured notepad file. The tool comes with 256-bit encryption and syncs seamlessly with your Firefox account to automatically fetch all the passwords you’ve stored on the Firefox web browser. This way, all your Lockbox passwords can move even if you change devices.
You can always import passwords from other browsers
In case you are a Chrome/Edge user, you can import passwords into your Mozilla account. Just head to the ‘Privacy & Security’ tab in the settings of Firefox for desktop and select the import source. After this, all the information will be synced with Lockbox.
Added security benefits from Mozilla
Once you have setup Lockbox, you can configure autofill settings on your Android device’s settings to ensure all credentials saved within Lockbox are automatically filled whenever you need them. Alternatively, you can also take the longer route and open the app to use username-passwords. Notably, Mozilla claims to use secure technologies to make sure nobody else could access your passwords, not even the company.
You can even setup biometric authentication for Lockbox
Along with seamless syncing and safety, Firefox Lockbox also supports biometric protection. This means you could secure the app with fingerprint or facial recognition, depending on what your device supports.
Is this better than LastPass, 1Password, or Dashlane?
With Lockbox, Mozilla offers a secure vault to access passwords, but the free service isn’t anywhere close to popular password managers in the market. It misses important password manager-specific capabilities, like the feature to suggest complex passwords for different sites and storing them automatically. You don’t even get alerts for breached passwords and the ability to add new passwords or edit existing ones.
Still, it’s worthy inclusion for privacy-focused users
The launch of encrypted Lockbox comes just as Mozilla continues to overhaul its product line. With all the leaks, bugs, and data breaches happening, the company is making user privacy and security its calling card. Just a few days back, it had launched Firefox Send a free service for encrypted file transfers, and Firefox Lite browser with inbuilt tracking protections.