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Two Easy Ways To See Saved Passwords In Google Chrome

Two Easy Ways To See Saved Passwords In Google Chrome

May 21, 2013 at 07:22PM

Passwords are something we tend to forget, once we start using password managers, save password in browsers and use other ways to secure our online properties. Truth is, I never remember any of my passwords because of the simple reason is that if I remember my password, I will be tempted to type it and that is when you become vulnerable to attacks by keyloggers, malicious scripts and other things.

I save passwords in Google Chrome and use Keepass and Lastpass to manage all my very important passwords.

But there is a problem.

Sometimes, I would want to see all the saved passwords that I have saved in Google Chrome. Sometimes, I would want to login to one my accounts on a different browser or on a different computer and that is when I need to know or see the password of a particular user account in Google Chrome.

If you’re like me and want a simple way to see saved passwords in Google Chrome, here are two easy tricks you can use

Use Inspect Element to See a saved password in Google Chrome

Whenever a password field is focussed, the password is entered in asteriks (this is to prevent prying eyes from seeing what password you have typed).. This is how it looks like

To see the hidden password behind asteriks, right click on the password field and choose “Inspect Element”

This will open the developer panel of Google Chrome web browser, the password text field will be highlighted in the left panel as shown below.

One last step.

To see the password hidden behind asteriks, all you need to do is change the type of the input field from “password” to “text” (without quotes). Doing that will change the input type of the text field and the password hidden behind asteriks will be revealed.

Show passwords on Focus

There is a nifty little chrome extension which makes things a little easier for you. The Show passwords on Focus extension for chrome highlights passwords in Google Chrome, the moment you click inside a password text field. Once the extension is installed, all you need to do is click on the text field and the password will be displayed.

Note to readers

This is important and probably enough reason why you should lock your browser with a password.

If you can use these methods, anyone can. If our computer is stolen, or your colleagues and friends get access to your computer, it would take them a couple of minutes to know all your passwords. Hence, you should be extremely careful with these browser extensions and always lock your computer down before leaving your desk.

Related: A simple trick to remember long passwords

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