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Mozilla Firefox to show warning on visiting hacked websites

19 February 2019 4

Mozilla is working on making it more convenient for users to know if they are visiting a hacked website. It is the same functionality which was released as Firefox Monitor last year. The only difference is that the team wants the feature to work natively preventing users from accessing the service specifically.

With the native functionality, Firefox browser will show an alert pop-up just when a user will visit a website that has been a victim of the security breach. The pop-up will show the reported number of accounts affected in that site's security lapse. There will be two options: Check Firefox Monitor and Dismiss. Clicking on the first option will take the user to the service where the user can enter his email address to see if his account is one of the affected ones.

This native Firefox Monitor integration will be accessible on Firefox 67 or higher. It is said to have been rolled out to all the users running the latest browser version. It should be noted that Mozilla is still committed to its promise of not annoying users with too many pop-ups. This is the reason there are certain conditions which are kept in mind before showing an alert pop-up.

For starters, only those users will see the pop-up who signed up with the Firefox Monitor service. If an affected website takes all the necessary steps after a reported data breach, it will stop showing pop-ups for it. It is worth noting that Firefox is making use of HaveIBeenPwned's database for showing these alerts.


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