Revise the "Are you sure you want to show all passwords?" dialog

RESOLVED WORKSFORME

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Firefox
General
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enhancement
RESOLVED WORKSFORME
9 years ago
4 years ago

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(Reporter: Raptor Ramjet, Unassigned)

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Description

9 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.17) Gecko/20080829 Firefox/2.0.0.17
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.17) Gecko/20080829 Firefox/2.0.0.17

Currently if I want to view the list of passwords I have stored I have to do the following:

Navigate to Tools > Options > Security > Show Passwords tab.  This then show me a dialogue where I can view a list of "site" and "Username".

To actually see the passwords I then have to click another button called "Show Passwords".

At this point Firefox then puts up a third button which displays a totally useless "Are you sure you want to show your passwords" modal dialogue which I have to click "Yes" to confirm that I want to view my passwords.  Er... isn't the *whole point* of the dialogue that I want to see my stored passwords ?

The "Tools > Options > Security > Show Passwords" button should show me a dialogue which immediately show a list of "Site", "Username" and "Password".  All these other buttons are superfluous and serve no purpose other than to waste my time.  They provide no security and they provide absolutely zero useful functionality.

Sorry but I think the current design is poor and should be replaced.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Go to "Tools" > "Options" > "Security" 
2. Click "Show Passwords" button
3. Wonder why you have to press two more buttons to see your passwords ?



I'd really like Firefox to focus more on getting out of the way.  Currently there are too many dialogues that require excessive interaction.

It's a web browser not a video game/OS !

Comment 1

9 years ago
I don't see a problem with a confirmation boss, maybe someone's over your shoulder and you were demonstrating the functionality but didn't want them to actually see your passwords?  I've got someone who wants the function to NOT show all passwords, but just the selected password:
http://getsatisfaction.com/mozilla/topics/dont_show_all_passwords

So since this seems to be an enh request, changing the importance down from normal.

I think the "Don't show all passwords" post has a point, perhaps the "show passwords" dialog that you don't like could, instead of saying "Yes" or "No", could say "Do you want to show all passwords or just the selected login's password?" [All Passwords] [Selected Password] [Cancel]
Severity: normal → enhancement

Comment 2

9 years ago
Also, you filed a bug with an unspecified version but currently have 2.0.0.17, which is only accepting security patches until EOL next month, please install a trunk build of Firefox to test this against.
Summary: Show passwords functionality is poorly implemented → Revise the "Are you sure you want to show all passwords?" dialog
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Comment 3

9 years ago
> maybe someone's over your shoulder and you were demonstrating the functionality but didn't want them to actually see your passwords?

Er... Then don't "demonstrate the functionality".

By the same reasoning maybe there should be a confirmation dialogue that asks "are you sure you want to go to http://www.someurl.com" every time you click a link or type a URL In the address bar ?

Sorry when I click a button that says "show passwords" that's exactly what I expect it to do.  I do not expect to then get presented with confirmation prompts or any other dialogues that serve no purpose other than to get in the way.

"Cancel" or "allow" ?  "Are you sure you want to exit this program" ? "Are you sure that you're sure that you want to show the passwords" ?  "Really sure ?" etc. etc.

This entire style of programming, using continual confirmation dialogues to interrupt the users flow of activity, is simply lame and belongs firmly in the past.

The only time you should add "are you sure" prompts is if the user has chosen an action which may cause them to lose unsaved data or overwrite existing data which may be useful. 

Otherwise you're simply getting in the way.

Comment 4

9 years ago
You filed this with Firefox 2.0.  Even if this was "fixed", you wouldn't see the fix until you upgraded to Firefox 3.1.  I'm guessing here (and I'm hoping I'm wrong) that you don't plan on upgrading to the 3.* series, and thus would not be happy with the fix, correct?
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 9 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE

Comment 5

9 years ago
Didn't mean to mark Resolved, Incomplete.
Status: RESOLVED → UNCONFIRMED
Resolution: INCOMPLETE → ---
This is a mass search for bugs which are in the Firefox General component, are
UNCO, have not been changed for 500 days and have an unspecified version. 

Reporter, can you please update to Firefox 3.6.10 or later, create a fresh profile, http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/managing+profiles, and test again. If you still see the issue, please update this bug. If the issue is gone, please set the status to RESOLVED > WORKSFORME.
Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-11-01]

Updated

7 years ago
Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-11-01]

Updated

4 years ago
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 9 years ago4 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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