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Firefox itself doesn't need a password; it's probably a website asking for a password or the password vault.

Why does my Firefox require a login each time I use it?

In this excerpt from Answercast #45, I try to clear up some confusion about exactly what is asking for a password in a Firefox web browser.

Login to where?

My guess is it's not Firefox that's requiring a login.

  • I'm actually not aware of anything in Firefox that would require a login at startup;

  • Or any other time.

Firefox Homepage setting

Now, typically, what that means is that:

  • You have your home page set to some site.

  • And that site then requires a login for you to do be able to use it.

For example, perhaps your home page has been set to Hotmail.com. Well, in order to use Hotmail.com, you need to login with your username and password. Maybe that's what you are seeing.

Firefox password vault

Another option is perhaps you've configured Firefox to remember passwords for you, and the site that you have set as your home page requires a password:

If you've password protected Firefox's password vault (in other words where it saves your passwords), it may be asking you for the password to unlock its password vault.

So that would be the other thing that I would think of.

Usually the home page

But, like I said, outside of that, I really can't think of a scenario where Firefox itself is actually asking you to login.

  1. Nine times out of ten, it is a site that you are visiting;

  2. If that happens to be your home page then that could be what's causing it to ask you to login as soon as you start up Firefox.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Ronny
August 20, 2012 2:41 PM

Firefox has the option to use a Master Password, which I do. It always asks for a password even though my homepage is a file on my computer. It does this rather than waiting to be prompted for a password on a site. It's just the way Firefox works.

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