Of the countless websites and online services that we use on a daily basis, quite a few require us to sign in with an account, which, most of the times, is secured with just a password. Now, while features like encryption and security certificates are indeed great, at the end of the day, the safety of our online data depends entirely on us. But even today, majority of internet users don’t follow (or aren’t aware of) secure practices while being online, which is why incidents involving data breaches are getting increasingly common by the day.
To help users in such scenarios, Mozilla has introduced a web-based tool called ‘Firefox Monitor’, which can alert users when any of their online accounts are compromised in a data breach. Firefox Monitor was originally launched as an experimental service earlier this year, and the company is now officially rolling out for everyone.
Mozilla’s new web utility works in partnership with ‘Have I Been Pwned’, an online database that lets users scan their email addresses for any potential data hacks. All that the users have to do is head over to https://monitor.firefox.com and enter the email address associated with their online account(s). Firefox Monitor will then scan the address against Have I Been Pwned’s database to see if it’s been involved in any recent data breaches.
If that’s the case, Firefox Monitor will alert the users about the same, instructing them to change the password(s) of the affected account(s).
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Users can also sign up for Firefox Monitor with an email address, if they want to receive instant updates when the address (and the accounts associated with it) is affected by a data breach in future.