I have two major gripes about the FF password manager:

  1. If I restore a session with multiple tabs with sites with saved passwords, the master password prompt pops up once for each of them, even if I correctly enter the password the first time.

  2. Sometimes I want Firefox not to use my saved passwords at all (e.g. because I want to let someone else use it without getting access to my accounts), but hitting cancel results in erratic behavior--sometimes the box just pops up again and again, or sometimes it stops and behaves as I wish (continuing to browse w/o my passwords) until it encounters another site that wants my password. Thus even when hitting cancel does leave me free to browse passwordless, it doesn't get Firefox to leave me alone for the whole session.

Thus: do you know of any tweak or add-on that could (1) make Firefox smart enough to get my master password once and then leave me alone, and/or (2) add an option (checkbox-style, toggle button, etc.) to browse "for now" (until I toggle the option) or even "for this session" (until I restart) without using any of my saved passwords? I'm running Firefox 3.5.6 on Mac OS X 10.5; thanks.


Keepass seems to be the best available password manager.

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What is KeePass?

Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your homepage's FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem... A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, homepage, etc. Unimaginable.

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish). For more information, see the features page.

How to install for the MAC:

Running KeePass under Mono (Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, ...)

In addition to Windows, KeePass 2.x runs fine under Mono, i.e. Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, etc. In order to run KeePass, follow these steps:

  1. Install Mono ≥ 2.6 (older versions will not work and are not supported). Depending on your platform, the packages to install are called mono-stable, MonoFramework, mono-devel or mono-2.0-devel; see the Mono project page, if you are unsure which packages to install. On some platforms, the Windows Forms implementation (System.Windows.Forms) is offered as a separate package; KeePass requires this package, so if you see one, install it, too.
  2. If you want to use auto-type on Linux / Mac OS X / BSD / etc., you additionally need the xdotool package.
  3. Download the portable version of KeePass (file KeePass-2.xx.zip) and unpack it in a location of your choice.
  4. When being in the KeePass directory, run the command line "mono KeePass.exe". Alternatively, right-click onto the KeePass.exe file, choose "Open with Other Application" and type in mono as custom command.

For the last step you might want to create a shortcut or shell script file with this command line (use an absolute path to KeePass.exe, if the shortcut / shell script file is in a different location).


LastPass FTW. (And Chrome.)


i wouldn't use any bowser password manager, as they are potentially unsafe.

have a look at KeePass:

this feature might be of particular interest to you:

KeePass features a global auto-type hot key. When KeePass is running in the background (with opened database) and you press the hot key, it looks up the correct entry and executes its auto-type sequence.

KeePass is open source, cross-platform freeware.

  • Seemed like a good idea, but that feature doesn't seem to work on Mac--or I can't figure out how to set it up. – Philip Jan 12 '10 at 4:04

I would recommend 1Password which has a variety of options (manual, browser closing, timer, etc) for triggering locking your 1Password Keychain.

  • Same comment--only looking for a free solution. – Philip Jan 12 '10 at 4:05
  • If it is important to you I would consider paying a developer who has created a top notch product. My purchase of 1Password is the best investment in a piece of software that I have ever made. – ridogi Jan 12 '10 at 4:59

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