Mozilla adopts plain-vanilla password sign-in for Firefox sync
Mozilla has begun testing a simpler system for synchronizing Firefox’s bookmarks, open tabs, Web site passwords, and other browser settings.
Until now, the not-for-profit organization had used a complicated mechanism in which you had to type a pairing code shown on one browser into another browser. Now it’s begun a shift to a straightforward username-password approach to Firefox Sync, Mozilla said Saturday.
The old approach had the virtue of working without requiring Mozilla to maintain a database of its users, but it was complicated. Mozilla has lost that aversion and now offers Firefox accounts.
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The initial version supports only traditional username-password pairs, but in the future the technology will support multifactor authentication, in which people typically must type not just a… [Read more]
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