People who think browsers such as Google Chrome and Safari have dominated the internet, think again as Mozilla appears to want to fight back with a slate of new features for its Firefox browsers. It appears the running joke that Firefox is just there to be used “to download Chrome” will be out the window, as Mozilla touts its Firefox app as the next-gen app for iPhones with its iOS Password Manager, courtesy of its Lockbox app. How does it work?
When Mozilla said they wanted Firefox as your default iOS password manager, it’s not joking – and it appears its experimental Lockbox password manager might be the next-gen code protector you need. Or so Mozilla says.
Folks at Mozilla want users to try out stunning new features for its Firefox browser, courtesy of its experimental Firefox Test Pilot program. Users and fans of Mozilla will find the Test Pilot program’s newest offerings quite the interesting mix as they finally make it to mobile devices. These include two applications, one being Notes built for Android devices, and the second being Lockbox which is an iOS password manager that is both self-contained and works when users clock in with their Firefox credentials.
Perhaps users should start paying more attention to the Lockbox feature, as it’s the more intriguing of the two. IDs and passwords stored in the browser, such as Instagram and Twitter, are automatically synchronized with the Lockbox. Other iOS applications – especially the corresponding exclusive apps such as, in this case, Instagram and Twitter – can then simply log you in by feeding from the Lockbox feature.
You’ll be able to use both the Face ID and Touch ID to be able to unlock the application, and Firefox using 256-bit encryption to be able to synchronize your passwords.
Meanwhile, Notes for Android functions exactly like Google Keep, which synchronizes both the mobile and browser-based Firefox applications.
Both of these applications are still in their respective testing phase, hence the term “experiments.” However, the two applications do demonstrate just how Mozilla is currently planning to expand its current lineup for features outside the usual desktop browser we commonly associate the program with.
Other “experiments” also include Colors, Side View, and Send – all of them having equally-interesting features. Colors work like a theme customizer, allowing users to create and share unique themes for Firefox by clicking a selection of options that can change various visual aspects of the browser. Side View, meanwhile, wants to capture the hearts of multitaskers by allowing them to keep two websites viewed side by side without having to switch tabs – which is a godsend for some workers who don’t have two monitors but need the capacity to handle two or more windows at the same time. Lastly, send allows users to send and encrypt files with links that automatically expire on their own to make sure important documents aren’t stored online forever.
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