Thursday, October 1, 2015

View Passwords hidden under Asterisks/Stars [Trick]

Most browsers offer the capability of remembering usernames and passwords. Most of us use this feature to automatically save our usernames and passwords in order to log in more quickly. What if you forget the saved username and password?

As web browsers hide passwords using stars/asterisks/dots there is no way in which a user can recover his password by simply looking at what browser shows. Here are some tips and tricks that you can use to reveal your password for a website when you have forgotten but your browser remembered.

Use Developer Options to show password

Open 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.

Mozilla Firefox Add-on

Show My Password is a Firefox Add-on which automatically converts hidden passwords into human readable form. To use this 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.

Software to reveal hidden passwords behind stars

There are free software that you can use to recover forgotten passwords. Some of them are:-

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.

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.

Note : These tools are browser independent. These software will not be able to show User Account Control /Windows logon password.

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