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    Does Firefox encrypt passwords for web forms / web pages?

    Basically, the "remember passwords" feature has been disabled in IE which we use at work because apparently the info isn't encrypted.

    But as a result of that everytime I log onto a webiste I have to manually punch in something like:

    Username: AJDK232JD23C
    Password: 178945jdwkcOkl

    which is a right is right drag.

    To get around this problem I thought we might be able to use Firefox. Does anyone know if Firefox encrypts this info? If so, I can persuade the IT people to install it.

    The only thing I can find is this:-

    "Saved Passwords
    Remember Passwords
    Firefox is capable of securely storing passwords you enter in web forms to make it easier to log on to Web sites. You can manage the saved passwords and delete individual passwords by clicking View Saved Passwords. To stop saving passwords altogether, uncheck this option."

    Any ideas? I need to try and persuade the IT people here.

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    i don't believe it stores them securely. I seem to remeber being able to access the password file in plain text. Now this was in a previous version and not 1.5 but the general advise i'd have is if its that important don't get it saved. Passwords and usernames of that length are usually important so best not saved.

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    from what i've just read on the mozilla forums they are stored encrypted and you can also set a master password for your firefox profile to stop other people being able to use them aswell

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