Firefox adds in-browser notification of breached sites
Mozilla has added a data breach notification to Firefox that warns the browser’s users when their email address and credentials may have been obtained by hackers.
Dubbed Firefox Monitor, the free breach notification service debuted in September after some testing during the summer. Anyone — not only Firefox users — can steer to the service website, enter an email address and be told if that address was among those involved in successful, publicly-known breach attacks. Next steps were up to the user, including the obvious of changing the password(s) connected to that email address and/or website(s).
Notifications of the latest breaches were sent by Firefox Monitor to the user-submitted address. “Your email address will be scanned against those data breaches, and we’ll let you know through a private email if you were involved,” wrote Nick Nguyen, Mozilla’s vice president of product strategy, in a Sept. 25 post to a company blog.