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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, the browser itself will take on the tool’s features such as providing access to saved passwords and performing autofill functions for online forms.

Mozilla, the US non-profit organisation behind Firefox, made the announcement last week. Mozilla has over 200 million users worldwide.

Firefox Lockwise, an iOS/Android app that allows users to manage passwords across mobile devices and desktops, will cease support on December 13.

“You will no longer be able to install or reinstall Firefox Lockwise from the App Store or Google Play Store,” Mozilla said.

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

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

Mozilla stated that Firefox users will be able to access their passwords in Firefox desktop and mobile browsers even after the shutdown.

iCloud Keychain stores your passwords on your phone, encrypts and stores them in a cloud. Barcroft Media

These passwords are currently only accessible through Firefox.

That means if you want to login to the Facebook iOS app, for instance, you’ll have to first open Firefox to copy and paste the password over.

Mozilla claimed it was working on a Firefox app that could function as a systemwide pass manager.

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

Lockbox was launched in 2018. It allowed users to save passwords and perform autofills on iOS and Android.

It was later added to Firefox as an extension, but was only used occasionally by a handful netizens. Many of its core functions were added to Firefox apps.

How to increase password security

You first need to check if any accounts have been compromised.

You can do this on HaveIBeenPwned.com.

This keeps track on major password/login leaks and allows you to check your email or telephone number against them.

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

It’s important to never use the same password on multiple accounts. Hackers can gain access to other accounts if you re-use passwords. Getty Images

Password managers

It is also a good idea to set up a password manager. This will make it easier for you to keep track of all your passwords.

Google Chrome and other browsers often include such a system.

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

iCloud Keychain stores your passwords on your phone, encrypts them and saves them in the cloud.

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

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

“It auto-fills your information – like your Safari usernames and passwords, credit cards, Wi-Fi networks and social log-ins – on any device that you approve.

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

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

When you sign up to a service on Safari, you’ll get an 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 passwords to the Keychain that you already have.

The password re-use alarm is one of the best features.

It’s important to never use the same password on multiple accounts. Hackers who gain access to one account by reusing passwords can gain access to the rest.

Your Safari Saved Passwords will notify you if you have two passwords that are identical and suggest a change.

This story was originally published on The Sun. We have permission to reproduce it here.

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