Modern web browsers gives you the ability to save passwords for future use or log in. It basically reduce the stress in re-typing passwords every time you want to login. For security reasons, web browsers mask the password field with “asterisks” or “dots” preventing any third person (including you) from reading the original typed password.
But, if you want to reveal the password hidden as asterisks or dots, there is actually few tricks to get the job done.
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This article discusses tricks to reveal the characters behind the asterisks or dots in web browsers.
How to reveal hidden password in web browsers
- Right click on the password field on a site that requests user login (Google in our case).
- Select “inspect element” from the list.
- This opens the web inspector which displays HTML code. You’ll see a code like this: <input type=”password” class=”inputtext” id=”pass” name=”pass”>.
- Replace the “password” word with “text” word and your password would be visible immediately.
The trick here is same thing with Firefox.
- Open a login page. Right click on the password field and click on “inspect element”.
- In the HTML code displayed by the “Web Inspector”, replace the “password” word with the “text” word.
- This will reveal the original password hidden as asterisks or dots.
- Press the “f12” key to open “developer tools”.
- To enable selection of elements, press “Ctrl+B”.
- Open a site that ask for login, Google for instance and select the password field.
- This opens the password field’s code in developer window (highlighted by yellow).
- Next thing to do is to replace the “password” word with the “text” word.
- This reveals the password masked in asterisks or dots.
The next browser is “Opera”. Like firefox’s “Web inspector” tool, “Opera” has an in built tool called “Dragonfly”.
- Open a login page, right click on the password field and select “Inspect Element”.
- “Dragonfly” opens the Html code. replace the “password” word with the “text” word.
- After that, the browser will reveal the passwords masked in asterisks or dots.
Apart from the above tricks, there are other tools to help you reveal hidden passwords e.g Asterisk logger, Password Viewer etc. But please note that these tricks we discussed can also be used by someone else to hack your passwords. I would advise to be vigilant when others use your private computer, keep your system safe and protected by using Antivirus and Firewall to avoid such mishaps.