This video will show you how to unmask a web password in just a few seconds, and why you should NEVER let your browser remember an important password.
How to Unmask a Remembered Browser Password:
Any of the following Browsers are required;
- Internet Explorer 8+
- Google Chrome (Or Any Chromium-based Browser such as Comodo Dragon)
- Mozilla Firefox
- Apple Safari
- Opera may work, but is untested
These instructions are for Chrome/Safari specifically. You should be able to find a way to do this in the other browsers, since most development consoles work the same way.
- Type in the Username so the remembered password is typed in automatically.
- Right Click the PASSWORD field and click Inspect Element.
- Change the “type” of the password field from
- The password will be visible in the password field!
In HTML (the language Web is written in), there are many “input” types. These are things that the user can interact with, such as a checkbox, radio button, a textbox or a password field.
When an input tag is inserted, a type must be given, so the browser knows what type of data it is transmitting. A text field holds some text, like a username. A “password” type is a special type of text field, which holds and transmits a typed password, but blanks out each letter.
If a password field was set to “text” rather than “password”, it would still work, but it would show what you typed.
Many browsers now have built in development tools, which help web developers quickly fix problems. These allow developers to insert, change and remove code to preview the result of a page without putting it live on the server. These changes are immediatley interpreted by the browser.
So, by going into Chrome’s development tools and changing the password type to text, we can instantly see what was typed in!
THIS IS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES AND PERSONAL USE ONLY! You should only use this to recover your own passwords. It is (probably) illegal to steal other people’s passwords and gain access to their private data.
I am not responsible for your misuse!