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How to find long lost passwords hidden in your browser

Wait a second before clicking on “Forgot your password?” There is a good chance your password is stored somewhere deep in its memory. Go to your browser’s login credentials cache if you can’t remember your credentials or if you’re signing in to a new device.

If you have enabled the magic password management feature in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari, your information should automatically appear when you visit the site again. There are reasons why this may not happen: If you have changed browsers, cleared your cookies, logged in from another page, or left a few years between logins, the data may not appear as expected.

A code change at the end of the site can also confuse your browser, preventing it from providing the correct combination of username and password when you need it. For all of these times, as well as those occasions when you log into a new computer or mobile device, you can explore your browser’s memory rather than going through a tedious reset process. Here’s how to do it, assuming that your browser’s password management feature was of course enabled in the first place.

Chromium

In Google Chrome, open the link Settings in the main menu and choose Show advanced settings .

Click on Manage words of past.

If there are a lot of entries here, use the search box to search for part of a URL.

You can then click on an entry and select Pin up to see the password – Chrome will ask you for the username associated with your Windows or Mac account to prove that you are the owner of the computer before showing the password.

Firefox

If Firefox is your browser of choice,

-Go in Options

-Then Privacy and security in the menu on the left.

-In the search bar type Words of past.

-Then in form and password click on Registered identifiers …

You can search for entries or just scroll through the list. Click on Show words of past for pin up your login information. Anyone who can sit on your computer can go through the same process, which is another good reason to password protect your user account.

Internet Explorer

Is Microsoft’s venerable old browser left? You need to go to Control Panel, then search for “Credential Manager” -Click on Manage web credentials when the results appear on the screen. Expand the entry for the site you want to view and choose Pin up next to the created password. You will be prompted to enter your Windows user account password as an additional level of security. If you can prove your identity, the password will be displayed on the screen.

Safari

Finally, Apple’s browser. From the Safari menu, select Preferences and open the tab Passwords . You can scroll through the list entries or use the search box to find something specific. Check the box Show passwords for selected websites , enter it password of your Mac OS user account and the details of the currently selected site appear on the screen. This should give you everything you need to log into the site or app you are using.