Mozilla launches Firefox Monitor, its ‘Have I Been Pwned’ clone

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 26, 2018

Monitor is available to all users for free as a partnership between Mozilla and HaveIBeenPwned. The tool was launched after an extensive testing and is supposed to help users after a data breach.

Firefox is working to make sure internet users know when their personal information has been compromised with a service called Firefox Monitor.

Back in June this year, Mozilla and Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) creator Troy Hunt announced that they were teaming up to integrate the large HIBP database into Firefox.

That sounds like the kind of data that could be useful for steering you clear of bad passwords when you're signing up for a new service, but Mozilla wouldn't comment specifically on whether it plans something like that.

"We'll let you know if your email address and/or personal info was involved in a publicly known past data breach", said Nick Nguyen, Mozilla's VP of Firefox Product, in a blog post.

There are two ways by which Firefox Monitor helps users recover from a data breach. The service will then check if your email address has been part of any breaches and list any that are detected.

Speaking about Firefox Monitor, Hunt swooned: "This is major because Firefox has an install base of hundreds of millions of people which significantly expands the audience that can be reached once this feature rolls out to the mainstream".

Mozilla promises that it will tread carefully when it comes to user privacy, too.

The way Firefox Monitor works is similar to the original HIBP online tool - all you need to do is plug your email address into the box provided and hit the "Scan" button below (or just press Enter).

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