iMac and Firefox security


osh44

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I have also posted this on Mac Forums so I apologise if anyone sees it twice.
I have used Typeit4Me (Text Expander) for a long time and have paid for the full version. I frequently use it to fill in forms on web sites. I use Firefox (currently have 45.0.1 installed) and OSX El Capitan (10.11.4). For the past two months, as soon as Firefox starts, I get the message "Firefox has enabled secure input. Text expanders will not work."
This is a REAL pain and defeats the object of having purchased the package. I recognise the risks of opening myself to key loggers but there must surely be way to disable this feature so I can use Typeit4Me once more.
There are plenty of answers to the question about what one can do when Firefox does not release the secure input but nothing about how to disable it for form entry. I don't use it for passwords; for these I use Roboform which seems to have overcome the secure input problem. I know I can use built-in Apple abbreviations but just prefer the fuller features of Typeit4Me. Can anyone help please? The software providers don't answer my email other than with a generic answer. Firefox only has community support and the question doesn't seem to have been asked before. Probably this is because the Secure Input is a new feature on the latest Firefox. Any help appreciated.
 
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Cory Cooper

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Hello and welcome.

Since the security issue is something that Mozilla (makers of Firefox) added, we wouldn't be able to give you a work-around. They added it to protect their users from viruses, malware, and other software vulnerabilities.

You could try another browser like Google Chrome or Safari to see if Typeit4Me will work with them.

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Thanks for the suggestion. Typeit4Me DOES work in Safari and Chrome so it is obviously a Firefox thing not OSX/MAC. Such a shame as I am welded to Firefox. The trouble is there seems no way to ask a direct question to Mozilla other than their less than helpful FAQs and Community forum.
 

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Well, that's interesting. Safari has now started to prevent text expansion with the same pop-up notification. Chrome seems to be OK but I don't like Chrome!
 
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This is a tough one! I actually looked at various sites/links for Typeit4Me about this issue (I don't use that software), and I did not see any explanation how to get around this. One would think there would be a way, via the OS, to resolve this. I actually ran into a similar "anomaly", after I installed OS 10.11.1, and then tried to restart my Mac from the eDrive partition created by TechTool Pro. Due to new security "features" of El Capitan, what I needed to do was go to the Startup Disk preference pane, click on the lock icon, and then enter my admin password. Doing that allowed me to choose the eDrive partition to re-boot my Mac from (I would need to do the same thing if I want to boot my Mac from my SuperDuper! bootable backup). When I am finished running TechTool Pro from the eDrive partition, and then want to restart my Mac from its internal drive (SSD in my case), I have to go through the same "lock/enter admin password process).
 

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