Firefox is looking to test an extension that will warn users if they visit a website that has suffered a data breach. The idea is that people will be given fair warning before they decide to provide any personal information; although, the developers are still not yet sure what the end product will look like.
The developers at Mozilla are working with security researcher Troy Hunt, of haveibeenpwned fame, to create a database of sites that were once compromised. At the moment, this appears to simply be a list of websites that have suffered a databreach; as Hunt himself is unsure on how the extension is progressing.
Mozilla’s GitHub page spells out some plans for what it intends to do. This includes setting up a support page that provides more context about an particular breach, and creating a service to inform users if they end up as victims of a data breach.
Still, it’s early days for the extension. There’s still a long way to go before anything can be pushed to the public, and many privacy concerns to be considered. Especially with the idea of labeling websites as being potentially unsafe. A move that may not prove popular with those who are running the sites and have taken additional steps to improve their security.