When logging Into your online account by entering your password, for security purposes, all major browsers hide It behind asterisks. This prevents anyone who Is shoulder surfing, from viewing your password at the time you're keying It Into the Input field. However, sometimes you may have the need to reveal It, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to see passwords that're stored behind asterisks without using any tools.
Whether It's for personal reasons due to forgetting your password, or wanting to obtain It from another user's computer whilst you have physical access, I will demonstrate how to reveal It behind the asterisks (or bullets) with Incredible ease. This Is not any type of hack, but rather a simple manipulation In a web page element.
For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be using the Google Chrome web browser. The process for Firefox, Is extremely similar, thus there's no point documenting a guide on that. Other major browsers, also have a similar methodology. So without further ado, let's get this tutorial started.
Step One:I utilize a popular file hosting website on a daily basis and as such, my web browser has saved the password, therefore there's no need to physically type It In. Let's assume I've forgotten It, and want to see what's behind the bullets as shown below.
Step Two:This Is where It all begins. Right-click on the password Input field, and then hit Inspect. Depending on the Google Chrome version your have Installed, you may see Inspect element. They're both the same, so select the one that applies to you.
Step Three:A window will now open containing a number of lines of code. What you need to locate, Is Input type = "password", so to make this easier, hit Ctrl+F on your keyboard and type password In the Input filed. Then keep hitting the Enter key, until you find It. Next, you must change the password string to the keyword of text. I'll demonstrate this In the next step.
Step Four:The easiest way that I found to change It, Is to double-click password and then replace It with text as shown below. As It's name Implies, this will now reveal the password behind (In this case) the bullets In plain text. We'll check It after this step.
Last Step:As you can see, the password In the Input field, has been revealed! The bullets that were once hiding It's presence, are no longer In effect. Evidently, for security reasons, I've masked my own password but left a few characters just to show that this does In fact work.
Final Thoughts:Although there are many third-party tools that do a similar job In revealing passwords behind asterisks and bullets, In my experience, the majority fail to serve their purpose at the best of times. By using the above methodology, you're in control, hence unless a typo Is made on your end, the process will run according to plan.
If you have multiple users sharing your computer, as per Step Four above, make sure you reverse the change back to It's original state, thus the asterisks/bullets will be In effect.