Saved Passwords: master password for hiding saved passwords but not for using them

Name:    Josh Abbe
Email:   joshabbe2atgmaildotcom
Product: Firefox
Summary: Saved Passwords:  master password for hiding saved passwords but not for using them

Comments: 
Hey Firefox,

I love how you save my passwords for sites that I frequent.  Under
tools/options/security, I am able to view all of my passwords that I
have saved for various sites.

I have a few issues with this.

First of all, the default is to just show all passwords to anyone who
tries to see them.  So, if my roommate uses firefox but doesnt know much
about computers and just clicks "save my password for this site" then I
could wander over to his computer, click a few menues and see ALL of his
saved passwords.  I doubt may people install firefox and then
immediately go and set a master password so that their passwords are
protected.  Now, I wouldnt say that when firefox is first installed that
a user should be bugged with tons of dialogues like "Set you master
password here..." but maybe the first time a user tells firefox to
"remember my password" there could be a dialogue that explains to them
that they are able to set a master password to hide their saved
passwords from curious roommates (or anyone else).

My second issue is, if I dont want my passwords to be seen, then I set a
master password. But, then I dont have the ability to use those
passwords without the master.  Thats kind of annoying.  There should be
different check boxes for me to SEE saved passwords and for me to USE
saved passwords.  So there should be a check box that says something
like "Require my master password to SEE saved passwords" and another
that says "Require my master password to USE saved passwords".  Then I
can use both, either or neither.  Personally, I would use just the
first.  I save passwords for a reason, so that I dont have to type them
in.  If I still have to type in a master password (even "once per
session") it kind of defeats the purpose of saving them in the first place.

Ok, thats it.  I hope I was clear on what I was trying to say without
taking up your entire day by reading my rants.

PS, Thats awesome that you're based in MTV.  I'll be working at the
Googleplex this summer so I'd love to stop by sometime and meet a few of
the masters of the BEST BROWSER OF ALL TIME!

Browser Details: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9b5) Gecko/2008032620 Firefox/3.0b5
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