Using PwdHash 1.5 with Firefox 3.5

I use PwdHash for my passwords – if you aren’t using something like this, you probably should be.

I’m sure there will be an update to the PwdHash plugin to make it officially compatible with Firefox 3.5, but until then here are steps to use it on a Mac:

  1. Upgrade to Firefox 3.5.
  2. Quit Firefox if it’s currently running.
  3. Locate your Firefox profile data – it should be in /Users/(your username)/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/(some characters).(your profile).
  4. Find the PwdHash extension in your extensions directory – it will be named {bb8d77b0-a845-4249-a205-ef7395587b69}.
  5. Open the install.rdf file inside this directory with your favorite text editor – you can confirm that you are editing the right file by looking for this string around line 18: <em:name>PwdHash</em:name>
  6. Find the “max version” element and change it to read: <em:maxVersion>3.5.*</em:maxVersion>
  7. Save and close the file.
  8. Now move the entire {bb8d77b0-a845-4249-a205-ef7395587b69} directory out of the extensions directory, launch Firefox, then quit it again.
  9. Now move the entire {bb8d77b0-a845-4249-a205-ef7395587b69} directory back into the extensions directory and launch Firefox again.
  10. Confirm that PwdHash is enabled by choosing Tools > Add-ons from the main menu.

As far as I can tell, version 1.5 of the PwdHash extension works fine with Firefox 3.5 but your mileage may vary.

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