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How to view your saved passwords on Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari Browsers

Passwords are something most of its users sees a necessary evil. If you want your private data to still be private, then you cannot do without a security measure and one of them is the use of passwords. To reduce the stress of re-typing your passwords every time you want to login to a platform or service, most browsers now automatically stores users’ passwords in them.

This makes it very convenient. After all, who wants to type a password every single time it’s requested?

For better productivity, it’s very good to allow a web browser to remember your passwords. However, it’s advisable to do that on your personal computer. Should you forget any of your passwords, this article will teach you how to easily view passwords in modern web browsers.

With the Inspect Element window of a browser, you can edit the code of a page in such a way that it will un-hash a user password. But, let me demonstrate another way to view saved passwords on the three browsers mentioned. Remember, this only works on passwords that are stored by the browser.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the Menu button and select Settings.
  3. Scroll to Autofill and click Passwords.
  4. Locate the password you want to view and click the “eye” icon (see below).
  5. On the Linux operating system, you will not be prompted for a user password. On macOS and Windows, you will be required to authenticate the user before passwords will be listed.

And that’s all for Google Chrome browser.

Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Open the Menu and select Preferences.
  3. Click Privacy & Security (from the left pane).
  4. Scroll to Logins & Passwords.
  5. Click Saved Logins.
  6. Click Show Passwords

And that’s all for Firefox browser.

The only addition requirement to the steps in Firefox is if a Master Password is in use. Should that be the case, you’ll be prompted for that password after clicking Show Passwords. Without the Master Password, you cannot view stored credentials.

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Safari

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click the Safari menu in the top bar and select Preferences.
  3. Click the Passwords tab.
  4. When prompted either type your password, or use the fingerprint sensor (if available).
  5. Click on the website you want to view

And that’s all for Firefox browser.

Obviously, Safari has the edge here, only because it requires the use of a password to view stored credentials. If Firefox stored credentials are locked by a Master Password, then it puts the Mozilla browser on similar ground. As far as Chrome is concerned, your saved passwords are there for all to see, unfettered and unprotected. In place of having your web browser store your passwords, make use of a password manager.

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