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Bitwarden has fixed a 5-year-old bug and now works in Firefox private windows

3 months ago by IanDorfman

Popular open source password manager Bitwarden's Firefox add-on now works in private browsers for the first time in half a decade.

Originally reported in April of 2017, the bug made it so any attempt to access the Bitwarden add-on in a private window on Firefox would result in the opening of an empty modal with no functionality or, alternatively, an error message. The creator of Bitwarden blamed Mozilla for this, as he stated that Firefox doesn't support background app refresh in private windows. As Small Google Chrome iconGoogle Chrome does, the issue was never present there.

In order to fix the issue, Bitwarden had to be reworked for Manifest v3 support to work within the more privacy-oriented focus on Small Mozilla Firefox iconMozilla Firefox 's private mode. As gHacks writer Ashwin mentions, however, this is not a lack of functionality on Firefox's end, but an incompatibility stemming from how Bitwarden was previously coded. In the time since this miscommunication, however, Bitwarden has hired a community product manager, so inaccurate statements such as these should be greatly reduced in the future.

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