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Firefox Monitor will warn you if your accounts are hacked

Posted On June 29, 2018 at 1:41 pm by / No Comments

This week Mozilla launched a new version of its Firefox Quantum browser but also announced one of its next developments. This happens to be a security tool that check if an account has been compromised.

As Internet users have many Internet accounts on a multitude of sites and online services, and not everyone is aware of the latest attacks that occurred, the more active users with a large number of accounts probably have been indirectly affected by data theft on a popular service without them even knowing.

For this very reason Mozilla has decided to start a partnership with HaveIBeenPwned (I was hacked) which gained popularity after the news of LinkedIn hacking; the service has launched a Windows 10 application and a solution for checking password strength. This new service will be offered under the name Firefox Monitor by Mozilla, and it’ll compare the email address to the leaked databases of hacked accounts to check if it is present there.

Firefox Monitor will not be limited to just checking. The data transmitted, most often the email account of the user, will be protected by a system that will anonymize his address to avoid any risk of leakage during the verification. A surveillance system is considered too that will alert the user in case the account is found in leaked databases.

In the coming weeks, Mozilla will offer some 250,000 users, mainly in the United States, to test Firefox Monitor. If the results are conclusive the new service will be made available to all Firefox users, probably before the end of 2018.