How To Import Your Firefox Passwords To Chrome

How to import Mozilla Firefox passwords to Google Chrome Browser

Earlier this year, 8.4 Billion entries of passwords were leaked in a 100 GB TXT file named RockYou2021. This information illustrates why one should not be inattentive about the security of the passwords and shows the requisite of strong passwords. But, strong passwords come with a hitch. According to DigitalGuardian, a single person manages around 90 accounts on average. Remembering and handling 90 passwords can be tedious and time-consuming; that’s where Password Managers come in handy.

Browser Password Managers

Browser Password Managers of both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox offer one click to save feature with no additional clicks to fill login information automatically. They store all the passwords securely; hence the burden to memorize all strong, unique passwords is lifted.

That’s why while switching the browser, importing the saved passwords will automatically transfer all passwords to the Password Manager of the new browser. In this way, users will have login information and other required data in the new browser without investing much time and effort. 

What Other Data Can We Import From Firefox To Chrome

One can switch the browser they are using with all the data and settings of the previous browser imported on the new one. Your data can be transferred with nothing deleted or interfered with. Google can import data from Firefox in such ways. It can import the following data from Firefox: 

  • Browsing history
  • Favorites/bookmarks
  • Saved passwords
  • Auto-fill form data

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Import Saved Firefox Passwords To Chrome

 Step 1: Open Google Chrome, then click on the three-dot icon present alongside the profile icon. Hover your mouse to Bookmarks, click on the Import bookmarks and settings… option.

Alternatively, you can use this URL: chrome://settings/importData and then follow Step 2.

Step 2: The pop-up section entitled Import bookmarks and settings appears

Step 3: Select Mozilla Firefox from the drop-down list.

Step 4: Along with Saved Passwords, Chrome can import Browsing History, Bookmarks/Favorites, and Autofill form simultaneously. Choose what you want to import. Then, press the Import button using the mouse cursor.

Step 5: Required data is imported. Click on the Done Button and check your transferred data.

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How To Transfer Firefox Passwords to another Computer/Browser

Step 1: Open Mozilla Firefox, then click on the triple-stacked lines icon(AKA hamburger icon) present alongside the Pocket icon and select the Passwords option.

Step 2: A new tab entitled Logins and Passwords opens. Find the triple dot menu icon just below the Pocket icon, click it and choose the Export Logins.

Step 3: A mini window pops up in the browser with some instructions as below. Click on the Export.

Step 4:  Enter your login credentials, as shown below; Press “Ok.”

Step 5: Then, Choose the file name and file location where to save the exported data.

Step 6: Copy this extracted file to your other computer via any means and access all your passwords from the Firefox browser.

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What are the advantages of using Browser Password Manager?

When you perform all your activities in the browser, your accounts remain in there; hence you don’t have to download and buy extra software to protect your passwords as Browser Password Manager does for you. Browser Password Manager remembers all your difficult-to-remember passwords and syncs them across your devices securely. Hence, you don’t have to re-use the password, which is a safety measure. The passwords stored in the cloud are encrypted.

You can protect the account, which is synced using the two-step authentication so that people won’t sign in easily.

Additionally, if you decide to change your browser, you can always import the passwords from the previous browser. You can also export all your passwords into a CSV file and use it on any other computer.  

Can I Import add-ons from Chrome into Firefox

✅ The answer is NO. However, you might find the version of the same product for Firefox made by the same developer. Unfortunately, only large companies do so; hence generally, add-ons cannot be imported from Chrome to Firefox.

How do I backup my saved passwords in Firefox?

✅ Firefox stores all the personal data such as passwords, extensions, and bookmarks in the Profile folder on your PC. This profile can be backed up. The following steps show how:
Locating the profile folder
-> Click on the three stacked lines menu icon( AKA hamburger menu icon) on the upper right-hand side.
-> Select the Help Option and choose More Troubleshooting Information.
-> A new tab entitled Troubleshooting Information opens with the table of Application Basics.
-> Find the profile folder in the table and click on Open Folder.
After locating and opening the file, Copy that Profile folder and Paste it into any desired backup location.

Why is the Browser Password Manager bad?

✅ While there are many perquisites of Browser Password Manager, there are some drawbacks too. These are listed below:
-> Browser Password Managers are not the safest password managers. The encryption algorithm and storing system are not the safest ones. In fact, the cloud of Opera Mini has been hacked before.
-> In most Browsers such as Chrome, there is no Master Password system to access other passwords. Hence, anyone who has access to your device remotely or physically can see your passwords.
-> There are no extra security features such as sign-in with biometrics, two-factor authentication, or the ability to log out if there is no activity.
-> They are limited to your browsers only; they can’t store passwords of your Wi-fi, PC, or Netflix. 

Is it safe to use Chrome password manager?

✅ The answer depends upon the weight of pros and cons:
Pros:
-> Passphrase features add extra security to passwords as even Google can’t access your passphrase.
-> Password Checkup feature, by default, checks if a user’s login credentials are involved in a data breach.
Cons:
-> It uses the computer’s encryption system, so anyone with access to your device can geek at your passwords.
-> Google has a terrible password generator, so the vitality of your passwords is not assured.

Google Password manager is not the safest option to secure your passwords. Instead, using third-party password managers will be the best step to take.

Summing up

The passwords that we have saved in our browsers during internet activities remain in the cloud and they can be imported while switching your browser. But, it is not the best option to use Browser Password Manager for securing your passwords. 

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