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Firefox 76 expands Lockwise password manager capabilities

05 May 2020, Nick Peers

Mozilla has released Firefox 76.0 for Windows, macOS and Linux, the latest in its long line of major updates to the venerable open-source browser.

The chief focus in this new release is the further development of Mozilla’s Lockwise password manager. Users gain several enhancements including alerts of website breaches with prompts to update all online accounts that share the same password.

Other improvements include tweaks to the picture-in-picture feature, support for more complex audio processing and improved graphics rendering across a wider range of Windows machines.

Generate secure passwords directly from password fields with Firefox's Lockwise password manager.

Firefox’s Lockwise password manager gains four significant new features. In addition to the critical alert warning and prompt to update passwords on other websites, users can now easily generate secure, randomly generated passwords when setting up new accounts.

To use the feature, simply click inside the password field and choose 'Use a Securely Generated Password' to fill the field – the password will then be automatically saved into the Lockwise password manager.

The final improvement tightens security on shared computers where no master password has been set – here, users will be prompted with their login credentials, whether password or other form of authentication such as face, fingerprint or PIN.

 

You can now switch the picture-in-picture video player to full-screen quickly.

Away from the Lockwise password manager, Firefox’s picture-in-picture feature now allows users to view the video full-screen simply by double-clicking the picture-in-picture window. Double-click again to exit. The 'Full Screen' option can also be accessed via the web video context menu.

Firefox 76 also adds support for so-called Audio Worklets, which allow more complex audio processing. The feature is supported by several popular programs, including Zoom – meaning users can now join Zoom calls from within the browser itself, no third-party downloads required.

The WebRender feature, designed to improve graphics rendering across Windows PCs, continues its slow roll out – its now the default setting on all modern Intel laptops (9th generation CPUs or later) on screens up to 1,920x1,200.

Eagle-eyed users may also spy two minor updates designed to improve the Address Bar – reduced shadow around the bar when opening a new tab, and slight expansion in size of the Bookmarks toolbar to aid touchscreen users.

Existing users should automatically update (choose 'Help > About Firefox' to force the update if not), or you can download Firefox 76.0 now for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit), macOS and Linux.

Firefox 78.0.2 (64-bit)

Firefox 78 includes a new Protections Dashboard and more.

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