Mozilla has announced a partnership with HaveIBeenPwned.com (HIBP) for a new security tool for Firefox web browser. The company announced that the details about the security tool ‘Firefox Monitor’ in a post on Mozilla blogs website. According to the post, the company is “testing user interest” in the security tool that allows users to check if any of their online accounts has been compromised due to a database leak or hack. Firefox Monitor website will allow users to check if their accounts were part of any known data leaks or hacks just by entering their email address.
The tool will also provide suggestions to users in case it is found that their accounts were affected by any data breach. Mozilla is “also considering a service to notify” users when any new data breach includes their personal data. Mozilla clarified that it teamed with HIBP for this service and pointed out that the company has “worked closely with HIBP and Cloudflare” in order to “create a method of anonymized data sharing for Firefox Monitor”. The important part of Firefox Monitor is that it never sends the full email address of the user to a third party outside Mozilla.
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The blog post pointed out that Firefox is currently aiming at “testing initial designs” of the security tool so that it can refine it. Mozilla will send invites to about 2,50,000 users to try Firefox Monitor tool with a bulk of users located in the United States.
Once the testing is done and Mozilla has collected the required data to refine the tool to its satisfaction, it will start working on making Firefox Monitor available for all the Firefox users. The company will announce the rollout of the tool and corresponding release schedule after the texts are done.