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I am familiar with Safari on my Mac. Safari usually can recognize a registration form prompting for a new password. In such case, Safari automatically offers to generate a new random password.

Does Firefox 71 offer such a feature? I have somehow managed to save passwords in Firefox. But Firefox never offers to generate a password.

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Firefox never offers to generate a password

You need to right click in a password field (Firefox 70+):

Firefox 70 includes a new ‘securely generated password’ option that works in HTML password fields.

To use it, users simply right click in an empty password box on a sign-up page or register form, then select the Fill Password > Use a Securely Generated Password option.

Source Firefox 70 is Here with New Logo, Secure Password Generator + More - OMG! Ubuntu!

Screenshot of using context menu in a Password field to generate a random password

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    Firefox definitely offers to generate passwords when clicking in some password fields for me; this is what it looks like. Clicking the suggested password in the popup saves the newly generated password into Firefox's password store. If you want to try it, one place where it does consistently come up is the Xenforo community forum, click the "register" link at the top and click on the password field. – JonasCz - Reinstate Monica Dec 9 '19 at 14:09
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An alternative solution is using the free LastPass.

It will not only suggest an uncrackable password, but will also remember it for all browsers, so it is always available and secure.

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    Or something open source, like keepass or bitwarden. – Ave Dec 9 '19 at 12:50
  • I've never come across Bitwarden before but KeePass is ancient, I migrated from it to LastPass and never looked back. It may not be open-source, but it's free, fully-featured and modern. – Prometheus Dec 9 '19 at 18:40
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    @Hashim I have no idea how old Keepass is, but it works completely fine on even my very new (2019) computers. What, specifically, is wrong with it? Just being old isn't a problem. – john01dav Dec 9 '19 at 21:04
  • @john01dav: Old here means less features and no integration with newer OS such as smartphones or newer browsers. – harrymc Dec 9 '19 at 21:51
  • @harrymc There is an Android Keepass app that works quite well. I use it frequently. Additionally, the Keepass desktop application auto-types username and password into not just any browser but any program, on any OS. As such, it has plenty of integration with newer OS's. This leaves your claim about missing features. What features, exactly, are missing? – john01dav Dec 9 '19 at 22:36
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Firefox is able to do this. Under Preferences > Privacy and Security > Logins and Passwords it can be enabled. The option is Suggest and generate strong passwords.

Logins and Password

For further reading, this is the ticket tracking the feature in Firefox: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1565407

The feature requires password fields to have the attribute autocomplete="new-password" for it to work (as of now).

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  • Unfortunately, that option does not actually work. I tried a few sites, including creating an account on Google.com. I'll up-vote now as I presume the feature will get fixed eventually. For now, I suggest to other readers that they context-click as shown in the other Answer. – Basil Bourque Dec 9 '19 at 21:24

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