1Password, Firefox To Feature Built-In Data Breach Search Tools

Data breach notification site Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) has long provided a useful service to internet users. Now, that service is going to be built right into a popular browser and password manager for increased security.


Troy Hunt, developer of Have I Been Pwned, announced on his blog that the HIBP service would be baked into the 1Password password manager and upcoming versions of Firefox. Though the two products are generally unrelated, it appears the functionality will be similar in both tools.

Mozilla begin testing integration between HIBP and Firefox over “the coming weeks,” Hunt wrote. A new tool within the browser will be called “Firefox Monitor.” It will make breach data searchable directly from the browser.

[Check out our 1Password review here, but keep in mind that our review was written before the debut of this new feature.]

Unlike Mozilla Firefox’s Monitor, 1Password’s version of the HIBP data breach search tool is already available and ready to use. “As of now, you can search HIBP from directly within 1Password via the Watchtower feature in the web version of the product,” Hunt writes. This change also introduces a “Breach Report” feature, which shows 1Password users where and when their data may have been breached, and what data may have been breached in those incidents.

While the HIBP data search is currently only available in the web-based version of 1Password, it does appear there are plans to bring the tool to the desktop-based versions of 1Password, as well.

Have You Been Pwned?

For those who are unaware, Have I Been Pwned allows anyone to check if they have any account that’s knowingly been compromised in a data breach. The site will still be available for all to use, but HIBP tools being built into popular user products — such as 1Password and Firefox — will make the functionality easier for more users to access.

H/T Engadget

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is Editor of Security Baron. An award-winning journalist, Dzikiy was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of iLounge.com, and his writing has appeared on TheWirecutter.com, among other outlets. He lives in New York City.

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