How to View Passwords Hidden Under Asterisks [Video]
Google Chrome, Firefox and other browsers hide passwords behind asterisks but you can easily view the saved passwords using the built-in developer tools. Web browser hide passwords under asterisk characters for improved security. Say you are on the Gmail login page and the web browser, as always, has auto-filled the username and passwords fields for you. This is convenient because you can sign-in to your account with a click but because you have not been typing these saved passwords for a while now, you don’t even remember the Gmail password anymore. All web browsers, for security reasons, mask the password fields in login forms behind asterisk characters thus making it impossible for passersby to see your secret string. There’s however an easy workaround that will let you convert those asterisks into the actual password and you don’t need any external utilities or bookmarklets for this. Right-click the password field and then choose “Inspect Element.”
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