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Mozilla adds website breach notifications to Firefox

By November 15, 2018 No Comments

Mozilla is adding a new security feature to its Firefox Quantum web browser that will alert users when they visit a website that has recently reported a data breach.

When a Firefox user lands on a website with a breach in its recent past they’ll see a pop-up notification informing them of the barebones details of the breach and suggesting they check to see if their information was compromised.

“We’re bringing this functionality to Firefox users in recognition of the growing interest in these types of privacy- and security-centric features,” Mozilla said. “This new functionality will gradually roll out to Firefox users over the coming weeks.

Mozilla is tying the site breach notification feature to an email account breach notification service it launched earlier this year, called Firefox Monitor, which it also said today is now available in an additional 26 languages.

Firefox users can click through to monitor when they get a pop up about a site breach to check whether their own email was involved.

There can, of course, be a fine line between feeling informed and feeling spammed with too much information when you’re just trying to get on with browsing the web. But Mozilla looks too sensitive to that because it’s limiting breach notifications to one per breached site. It will also only raise a flag if the breach itself occurred in the past 12 months.

Data breaches are an unfortunate staple of digital life, stepping up in recent years in frequency and size along with big data services. That, in turn, has cranked up awareness of the problem. And in Europe tighter laws were introduced this May to bring in a universal breach disclosure requirement and raise penalties for data protection failures.

 

 

 

Originally published on www.techcrunch.com

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