Find the hidden password behind asterisks on Chrome

by Ruchira on June 28, 2013


If you are concerned about your security of being online, you should be already using different passwords for everything that you use. In my case I have few very long passwords and for not much important things I use small memorable passwords. However I don’t store my passwords anywhere, I just remember those. Just today I have forgot the password which I had as my DSL Internet service login password. Changing it requires calling the ISP so I realized that its already saved on the router but its not saved on the browser so I cant take it by going in to the browser settings. I know that there are small javascript codes exist that you can paste on the address bar to reveal the passwords hidden behind asterisks but most of the scripts won’t work with the new browsers.

I have found this neat “Chrome” extension called “Show Password on Focus” which can be downloaded on the Chrome web store here . Just add it to chrome and point the mouse to the password field and it will instantly display the password hidden behind the dots or asterisks. And after installing it will show the passwords as you type on web sites, if your mouse is pointed at the password field. That’s really a neat functionality.


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  • J E Lyon

    The extension is certainly the easy way to do it, for sure . . but for the more technically minded, isn’t it as easy to inspect the page source? I guess some clever pages might populate the password field with obfuscated JavaScript after the page is loaded, but in most cases — especially for an ordinary router — I can imagine it’ll be there in the source text, somewhere near the tag “password”?

    • Ruchira

      I just checked the sources of the router pages. but no, its not visible in the source :)

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