Ruben – We haven't made any public announcement. We're in closed invite-only alpha at this point. I'm attaching the longer-winded text below that should answers all of your questions.
Introducing Gombot - a Mozilla Labs experiment to re-imagine the password manager
Some people consider passwords the bane of their online life. Yet (good) passwords are important. They safeguard your personal information and keeping good password hygiene can be paramount to your safety. Yet password management is hard - ideally you have different passwords for each site you use. These passwords should be long (the longer the better) and not made up of easy to guess words. Unfortunately what makes a password great is the same thing which makes them hard to remember.
Mozilla Labs conceived an experiment to built a password manager which works across your digital devices and is incredibly easy to use. This password manager, code-named Gombot, is specifically built with a "less but better" design philosophy.
# The Gombot Experiment
Gombot is a password manager which you install in the form of an extension. Once installed Gombot allows you to save the username and password for any site you visit - and when you go back to the site, Gombot will remember your credentials and fill them in for you. Further Gombot can protect your sensitive passwords (e.g. your online banking password or your social network account) with a PIN.
The initial alpha version of Gombot is made available to a small group of testers. We expect bugs and we know that we miss a lot of features in this first version. Based on the feedback from our alpha tester community we will revise the product and make a beta version available to the public.
Stay tuned and please sign up for our alpha list if you feel adventurous (we don't expect any fatal crashes or loss of data but as always with alpha software - we can't guarantee anything And do let us know if you have questions or feedback. You can find the Gombot team on IRC (irc.mozilla.org
- How is Gombot different to the built-in password manager in Firefox?
Gombot is designed to work cross-platform, i.e. it will support different browsers and mobile phone operating systems. This allows you to take your passwords with you from device to device. Further Gombot introduces additional security and convenience features such as PIN-protected passwords.
- Why have you released Gombot as a Chrome extension first?
Gombot is an experiment. As such we want to see how creating a browser extension for a browser other than Firefox works. Fret not - we will soon have a Firefox Add-on and mobile versions for Android, iOS and [QUESTION: Firefox OS?] other browsers/mobile phones will follow.
- Will Gombot replace the built-in password manager in Firefox?
We don't know. Gombot is a very early stage experiment and we have no specific plans for its future just yet.
- What does Gombot mean?
Well, first of all it's a cute robot. Who got his name from the Hungarian word gombot - which means button. Like the button you have to press to sign into a website. This won't be the final name of the product.