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How To Find Saved And Hidden Passwords

How To Find Saved And Hidden Passwords

Passwords may not seem like a big deal but they can be quite a challenge to behold. If you create a simple one, it might not be safe. If you create one that’s safe, it’s too complicated to even remember.

For this purpose, we are required to have unique passwords for every account or website we intend to keep to ourselves. Besides, there are so many data breaches and cyber-attacks that only make the situation even more worrisome.

Lucky for us, web browsers have a way of storing passwords for us. One can create a very hard password and still manage to have access to their account if they can’t remember any of them.

Passwords are usually hidden in browsers behind asterisks (***) or dots to ensure no perpetrator has access to it or attempts to hijack it. Many times we would like the password to be visible as one tends to commit a mistake while writing it down. Occasionally, we also depend on the browser’s built-in password manager to auto-fill password fields so that we don’t have to key the password in all the time. There are three major ways one can see passwords and they are:

Reveal a Password from the Developer Options

If you want to reveal a password without third-party utilities, then one has to make a small edit in the page’s script.

Reveal Passwords In Chrome:

On the browser you’re on, find the password field, click on it and select “Inspect Element.” The “Inspect Element” developer tool will open and one gets to see some complex text strings. You then have to look for the entry starting with <input type=”password.” Double click on type=”password” to edit it and replace “password” with “text”. It will result into:  <input type=”text.”

Afterwards, close the inspect element window and the password will be revealed. You can copy the password until you reload it again.

Reveal Password In Firefox:

Open the website and let your manager input a password. Right-click on the text box containing the password and select “Inspect Element”. When the entry with the highlighted field password field shows, press Alt+M or press the Markup Panel button. A line with code will appear. Simply replace “Password” with “Text.”

These changes will not go away, therefore, one has to ensure they switch the “Text” back with “Password” to avoid future users from seeing your private information.

  1. Third-Party Extension

There are third-party extensions that let one reveal passwords automatically or by just the click of one button. If you have to reveal passwords often, then having an extension is a better way to get faster results. Here are some extensions you can try out:

ShowPassword for Chrome: This shows the password when you hover the mouse cursor over the password field.

Show/hide passwords for Firefox: Every time you type a password, one gets a browser option to show it.

Show Password for Opera: Automatically reveals all password fields.

Revealing Passwords In Popular Browsers

Chrome Users:

  • Open Google Chrome browser
  • Select the profile icon found in the top-right corner of the window
  • Choose passwords from the drop-down menu that appears
  • Select the oval icon that looks like an eye
  • Enter the computer’s password to view the saved password.

Microsoft Edge:

Microsoft Edge is under Windows 10 and one has to go through the Credentials Manager to see the saved passwords.

The Credentials Manager is a built-in tool found in the Control Panel under “All Control Panel Items”.

Once there, you’ll notice two categories under the name “Web Credentials” and “Windows Credentials.” Alternatively, you can press the Windows key and type Credential Manager.

Select Web Credentials under “Manage your credentials”. The Web Credentials has many passwords from sites that you saved while browsing on Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge.

Once you find the account or website you want from the list, click the down arrow to expand the entry and then click on “Show link”.

One has to type in the Windows/Microsoft password so as to decrypt it. You may find other passwords of other people who logged into their accounts using your computer.

Firefox:

  • Open the Mozilla Firefox browser
  • Click the three-horizontal-line button located at the top-right corner of the window
  • Near the middle of the drop-down menu, select logins and passwords
  • Click the Show Passwords button on the appearing window
  • Click Yes when the prompt appears

Opera:

  • Open the Opera browser
  • Click the menu button in the upper-left corner.
  • Select Settings from the drop-down menu
  • On the left side, click on Advanced to expand the menu then click on Privacy & Security.
  • Scroll down to the Auto-fill section and click Passwords
  • Select the icon that resembles an eye next to the account you want
  • Enter the computer’s password to view the saved password.

Safari:

  • From your Apple device, select the Safari browser.
  • In the upper-left corner of the screen beside the Apple icon, click on Safari.
  • Select Preferences from the drop-down menu
  • Open the Passwords tab and then log in the Mac’s password.
  • Click an entry to show the password of the desired account.

Conclusion

For better security, one should take crucial steps in keeping people out of your account. Set up a guest account for visitors, put a password on your main account and lock your computer when you’re away.