How to Reset the Master Password


When you allow your Mozilla web browser to store website passwords for you, it poses a security risk. Anyone with access to your computer can view these saved Firefox passwords under the "Security" options. A master password is a password option available in Mozilla's web browsers, including Firefox. The purpose of the master password is to confirm your identity whenever you try to access your saved passwords, which prevents other users from viewing the passwords. If you forget the master password for your web browser, you can reset it in the browser.

  • Reset the password in the Firefox browser by entering the following address into the address bar: "://pippki/content/resetpassword.xul." Hit "Enter" and then click on the "Reset" button on the window that comes up.

  • Access the password reset option in SeaMonkey by going to "Edit" and choosing "Preferences." Click "Privacy & Security," "Master Password" and "Reset Password."

  • Go to the "Tools" menu in the Thunderbired 1.5 web browser to reset the master password. Choose "Options," "Advanced," "Saved Passwords," "Master Password" and "Reset Password."

  • Open the "Tools" menu in Thunderbird 2 or newer. Choose "Error Console" from the menu and enter "openDialog("chrome://pippki/content/resetpassword.xul")" Click "Evaluate" and then "Yes" to reset the password.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you reset the master password in a Mozilla web browser, all of the Internet passwords stored in the browser are automatically deleted for security purposes.
  • According to MozillaZine, Firefox may believe that it has a master password when it is first installed, especially if you already have SeaMonkey installed on the system. The password can be reset using the Firefox method listed in Step 1.

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