All browsers hide the characters entered in the password with asterisks or dots. The format in this case depends on the settings, both the program and the site. There are several simple ways to see the password hidden behind dots or asterisks. But in most cases, you need direct access to the browser through which you entered this combination.
When you need to know the password
When filling out the appropriate fields browsers offer to save typed characters. And users often do so. This approach makes logging on to various sites easier in the future and helps one not to have to remember passwords. However, over time it may happen that the user has to reinstall the browser or operating system or access a personal account (social network page) on a third-party computer. In such situations, you will have to re-enter the specified set of letters and numbers.
The need to find out the password arises when the user has forgotten the desired combination. Usually sites provide an opportunity to restore this data. But in some situations this operation takes a lot of time. And if the question is about access to a personal account on the bank site, the procedure may require additional manipulations such as providing passport data and other information. In such cases, it is easier to try to find out than to restore the password.
Also, cybercriminals often go after this information. But you should remember that using personal data against a person’s will is punishable by law.
If other users have access to the computer, it is not recommended to save passwords in the browser. You can get such information by using the standard functions of the program.
How to do it with a browser
It is possible to retrieve passwords, provided that such information is saved in the browser. Otherwise, it is impossible to open this data.
Through page code
To retrieve a password through the browser, you must:
Go to the page where the user previously saved this data.
Enter into the appropriate field any set of letters and/or numbers.
Move the cursor onto the given field, right-click the mouse and select “View code” in the window that will pop up.
In the window that appears, find the “type” with the value “password”. This field will usually be highlighted in blue.
Highlight the word “password” and remove or change the value to “text”.
The reason why the browser reveals the password after performing the described manipulations is that the word “password” acts as a command that automatically encrypts the characters entered with asterisks or dots. And “text” orders to reveal previously saved letters and numbers.
The described algorithm can be applied in the browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. The only difference is the phrase that opens the page code when you click on it. But Microsoft Edge uses a different algorithm. After opening the desired page in this browser, you need to press F12, opening the “Developer Tools”, then – “Select item” (or key combination Ctrl+B), then – delete “password”.
Through the saved data in the browser
The order of the operation in question depends on the type of program installed. To find out the password through Google Chrome, you will need:
Go to “Settings” by clicking on the three dots at the top.
Open the password section of the same name.
Find the name of the site with the saved password and click on the eye icon.
If your computer is not password-protected, the information you’re looking for will open immediately. Otherwise you will have to enter a PIN-code or a cryptographic key (depending on what the computer owner uses).
Mozilla Firefox uses a different algorithm. To disclose the information you are looking for, go to the “Settings” section in the “Tools” menu. In the window that opens, click on “Protection and Privacy”. Next, the “Forms and Passwords” tab will appear, where you should click on “Saved logins…”. At the end, just click on “Display passwords”.
This information can be found the same way in Yandex.Browser. In this case, you need to open several sections in the following order:
- “Show advanced settings”.
- “Passwords and forms”.
- “Manage passwords” (located next to the “Suggest saving passwords for sites” item).
At the end, as in the first case, you need to select a particular site and click on the asterisks.
In Opera, this information is stored under “Security”. Click the “Show all passwords” button when you get to this tab.
Using special programs
You can find out this information by using special extensions, which are installed directly in your browser. For Google Chrome this is ShowPassword. This application automatically reveals asterisks or dots when you hover or double-click.
For Firefox, there is the Show/Hide passwords extension, which has similar functionality. After you install this application, the “Show” button always appears below the corresponding field in the browser, and when you click on it, it reveals asterisks or dots. A similar extension, Show my Password, has been created for Opera.
You can use third-party programs to disclose this information. SterJo Browser Password helps in this case. This program reveals all the passwords saved in the installed browsers.
There are two things to keep in mind when using such products:
- Some programs spread malicious code that “infects” your computer.
- Such programs do not always work under a certain operating system. In particular, problems arise when installing Asterisk Key, Password Cracker, Asterisk Password Spy and BulletsPassView on Windows
There are also programs that allow you to find out all of the passwords that are saved on your computer, not just in your browser.
Should passwords be stored by means of programs and browsers?
Storing this kind of information on your computer makes it easier to work. Users do not need to memorize various combinations of letters and numbers to access websites and programs. But such information can only be saved when the computer is used by the owner. In other situations, intruders can get hold of this information.
In order to avoid such consequences, it is recommended to memorize or write them down in a notebook. Also keep in mind that the operating system or programs may need to be reinstalled, which will cause this information to be lost forever.