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The Alby Browser Extension unlock password is necessary to lock it and prevent access from another person using Alby in the same browser. Therefore the password is comparable to a PIN from your mobile phone. It is also used to encrypt and decrypt the connection data (i.e. macaroons, passwords and other credentials).
It is important to understand that the Alby browser extension is a full client-side application if you connect your own Lightning wallet. It comes without any tracking software. There is no connection to any Alby organization if you use your own Lightning wallet. Hence, no data is exchanged with us and you only trust the software with your data. The Alby browser extension is free and open software. The source code is completely available on GitHub for anybody to compile and use, including instructions on how to build the browser extension yourself.
Enter an invalid password and below the password field you will see 'Reset now and add a new account'. Click on that and it gives you the onboarding screen again. Simply choose a new password and connect your lighting account again.
You might see your old accounts which are unusable because they can no longer be decrypted. Simply delete those from the accounts list and add them back again.
It is important to understand that the Alby browser extension is a full client-side application if you connect your own bitcoin lightning wallet. It comes without any tracking software. There is no connection to any Alby organization if you use your own bitcoin lightning wallet. Hence, no data is exchanged with us and you only trust the software with your data. The Alby browser extension is free and open-source software.
No, you can use the Alby Browser Extension without using an Alby Account by connecting your own bitcoin lightning node to the extension. The Alby Browser Extension supports several node and wallet providers. You will find the list with full instructions during the installation process.
The Alby browser extension services as the bridge between the user's wallet and web apps. As A web developer you can create superior UX and onboard new users quickly by implementing the open WebLN standard.
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