Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Simple way to see the Passwords behind Asterisks

Mostly all web browsers (FireFox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, etc) are having option to "remember" passwords.

If we allow the browsers to remember (store) the passwords, it will be stored in the client machine.

Anyway, the passwords will not be readable. It will be appearing as Asterisks only.

You can login using these stored passwords in a particular machine even if you forget the password.

But if you want to use it in some other machine you can not proceed further without knowing the password.

In this situation, a piece of javascript code will help you to read the passwords behind the Asterisks.

Just follow below steps.

  • Open your browser (e.g FireFox)

  • Go to the Web page containing the login-in form where you saved your password.

  • Copy and paste the following piece of code to your browser address bar

  • Hit Enter to see the Passwords.

And, you can see all the saved passwords at one place in your browser.

For example in FireFox you can see all the stored usernames and passwords from Tools->Options -> Security -> Saved Passwords

Since everyone can easily see your stored passwords, never store the passwords of your sensitive logins in your browser.

Especially don't allow the browsers to remember your password when using public computers.

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