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 passwordsOpen 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 passwords hidden behind dotsThere 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 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 hidden passwords. 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 unzip the file and run them. These software work on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2008, 2003. However, in Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista, they are required to be used in an Administrator Account. Both these software are browser independent.
Note:They will not be able to decrypt or show User Account Control/Windows logon password.
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox ExtensionsShow Password is a Google Chrome extension which automatically converts scrambled hidden passwords into readable form. A similar add-on Show My Password is available for Mozilla Firefox. To use these nifty extensions, just open the webpage with the hidden password and click in the field containing the hidden password. These add-ons will automatically reveal the password to you.
These tips can 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.