Firefox Monitor

Mozilla

Get notified if your accounts got compromised

 The good

  • Notify users whenever their accounts compromised.
  • Uses hashing to query about your email.

 The bad

  • Not much of an improvement from Have I Been Pwned service.

Firefox Monitor is a free web service that notifies you in case any of your online accounts were compromised, if your username and password were stolen from a website, you will get an email to let you know.

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How does Firefox Monitor work

Firefox monitor according to The Register is using Have I Been Pwned (a database of several billion email addresses that were confirmed to be compromised) to check if your email was breached, in the article Firefox Monitor was described as a warper for HIBP, with the only merit that it uses hashing instead of a direct email query.

Its main virtue is the hashing, a mathematical mechanism for encoding data. The service creates an SHA-1 hash of the submitted email address and takes the first six characters – test@example.com, for example, becomes 567159, from 567159D622FFBB50B11B0EFD307BE358624A26EE– and submits them to HIBP's hash range query API. HIBP then returns a range of possible matches, if any, to the six character string, without ever handling the full email address.

Thomas Claburn, The Register

But this is not a hidden secret the service was launched with collaboration with HIBP as stated by Matt Grimes in his medium article.

How to use Firefox Monitor

Firefox Monitor can be used in either of the following two methods

Direct query

Go to the website and scan your email against the database of emails that were compromised.

Get notified

Register your email in the service, then whenever there is a new dump of breached accounts and if you are compromised you will be notified.

What should you do if your account was compromised

There a number of steps to take if you were compromised

  1. Change your password at the websites where it was compromised.
  2. If you use a single password for every other account, then change them as well.
  3. Use a service such as 1Password to generate strong passwords and store them in one secure location.
  4. Use two-factor authentication whenever it is possible.
  5. Subscribe to Firefox Monitor or HIBP to get informed if any of your accounts were breached.

Visit Firefox Monitor today and make sure you register to get notified about the states of your accounts. Click on the visit button above to be redirected to Firefox Monitor via Downzen .

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2018-10-18
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