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The iPhone trick to keep your password safe has just been turned off

FIREFOX, one of the world’s most popular web browsers, has announced that it will end support for its password manager app next month.

Instead, it is the browser itself that takes over the tool’s features such as providing access to saved passwords and performing autofill functionality for online forms.

A password manager is a great way to protect yourself from hackers

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A password manager is a great way to protect yourself from hackersCredit: Getty

The move was revealed last week by Mozilla, the American nonprofit behind Firefox, which has 200 million users worldwide.

Support for Firefox Lockwise, an iOS and Android app that allows users to manage passwords on mobile and desktop devices, will end on December 13.

You will no longer be able to install or reinstall Firefox Lockwise from the App Store or Google Play Store.

“iOS version 1.8.1 and Android version 4.0.3 will be the final releases for Firefox Lockwise.

“The app may continue to work on your device, but it will no longer receive support or security updates.”

After the shutdown, Firefox users can continue to access their saved passwords in Firefox desktop and mobile browsers, Mozilla said.

For now, however, those passwords can only be accessed through the Firefox browser.

That means if you want to sign in to the Facebook iOS app, you’ll have to open Firefox first to copy and paste the password.

Mozilla says it is working on a version of the Firefox app that would allow it to act as a system-wide password manager.

You can read more about how to sync your passwords on Firefox on desktop, iOS and Android on Mozilla’s website, here.

Lockbox launched in 2018 and gave users a way to access saved passwords and perform autofill on iOS, Android, and desktop computers.

It later became a Firefox extension but was used by only a handful of netizens. Most of its core functionality has been added to Firefox applications.

How to improve password security

The first thing you need to do is check if any of your accounts have been compromised.

You can do this on HaveIBeenPwned.com.

This helps track down major login/password leaks and allows you to check your email or phone number against them.

It’s a great way to see if you’ve been caught up in any major hacks, although it doesn’t observe every leak that has ever taken place.

Password Manager

You should also set up a password manager, which makes it easier for you to keep track of your many passwords.

Browsers like Google Chrome often have a system like this built into the software.

Apple users also already have a built-in system for this called iCloud Keychain and Safari Strong Passwords.

iCloud Keychain remembers the passwords you enter on your phone, encrypts them, and stores them in the cloud.

So you can choose very strong passwords without having to remember them – your phone will simply enter them for you when you sign in.

“iCloud Keychain remembers things you don’t have to,” explains Apple.

“It auto-populates your information — like Safari usernames and passwords, credit cards, Wi-Fi networks, and social logins — on any device that you approve.

“iCloud Keychain stores your passwords and credit card information in a way that Apple cannot read or access them.”

When you sign up for a service on Safari, you’ll get the option to use an auto-generated password that’s very difficult for hackers to crack.

This password is automatically saved in your iCloud Keychain, so you don’t even have to remember it.

You can also add the password you already have to the Keychain.

But one of the best features is the password reuse warning.

It is important to never use the same password on multiple accounts. If you reuse passwords, hackers who break into one account can then gain access to others.

Your Safari saved passwords will notify you when you have two passwords that match and suggest you to change them.

Mozilla is ending support for the Firefox Lockwise password manager

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Mozilla is ending support for the Firefox Lockwise password managerCredit: Alamy
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The UK is fighting a translation of hacking attacks targeted at consumers and businesses, according to officials.

NASA has slam Russia after a rocket it fired at one of its own satellites forced the space station to perform an emergency diversion.

And, a 75 year old Englishman said about his anger after WhatsApp scammers tricked him into sending them hundreds of pounds.


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