As web browsers intelligently hide passwords using stars(, asterisks or dots), there is no way in which a user can recover his password by simply looking at what the browser shows. Here are some tips and tricks that you can use to reveal your password for a website when you have forgotten it but your browser remembers it.
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Use Developer Options to show passwordOpen the website for which your browser has the saved password, then right click on the password box and click Inspect Element.
A code like this would be displayed:-
<input type="password" class="inputtext" name="pass" id="pass">
Change the type from password to text so that the code looks like:-
<input type="text" class="inputtext" name="pass" id="pass">
Your password would be immediately visible.
Software to reveal hidden passwords behind starsThere are many free software that you can use to recover forgotten passwords. Some of them are:-
Asterisk Logger:Asterisk Logger from Nirsoft is one such software. It automatically displays the hidden password whenever a window containing a hidden password is detected.
Password Viewer:Password Viewer by IT Samples is another application that can be used to unmask passwords hidden behind stars. It allows you to view passwords not only in web browsers but also in any program that might be masking passwords from the user.
Both of these software are free and do not require to be installed. All you need to do is just unzip the file and run them. These software work perfectly fine on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, 2003. However, in Windows 7 and Vista, they are required to be used in an Administrator Account. These tools are browser independent. These software will not be able to decrypt or show User Account Control /Windows logon password.
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Mozilla Firefox Add-onShow My Password is a Firefox Add-on which automatically converts scrambled hidden passwords into human readable form. To use this nifty add-on, just open the webpage with the hidden password and click in the field containing the hidden password. This add-on will automatically reveal the password to you.
These tips can be also be used by someone else to hack your passwords. To avoid such mishaps, I would advise you to stay alert when others use your private computer.