4. Use a Browser Extension to Make the Password Visible
An obvious way to show the content of the password fields in your browser is to use an add-on extension to do it. As you might expect Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have thousands of add-on’s available including some to display the password behind the bullets.
A simple and effective extension for Chrome is Show Password on Focus which will display the characters whenever you type into a password box or click in it with the mouse. Take the focus away from the password field and the password will be covered by the bullets again. Simply install the extension and it will automatically work when you type or click in a password box.
The add-on for Firefox called Show Password works slightly differently in that you have to click on an icon in the Add-on bar which will either turn the characters in the password field on or off.
Install the add-on and enable the Firefox Add-on bar by pressing Ctrl+/, then click on the key icon (pictured) to show or hide the password. A small red/green light on the icon tells you whether the passwords on the page are visible/hidden.
6. Reveal Web Browser Passwords in the Code
Passwords in web browsers are always hidden behind bullets or asterisks, which is fine when you know the password, but if you can’t remember and it’s being filled in automatically, you have to dig into the options of the browser or utility to find out what it is. This method was tested successfully on the latest Chrome, Opera and Firefox browsers.
Assuming you’re on a webpage with a hidden password, double click on the password to highlight it, then right click on it and select ‘Inspect element’. In newer versions of Firefox you will also need to then click on the Markup Panel button located at the bottom left to view the html content (Alt+M).
Once you are viewing the html content for the page, the line for the password input should already be highlighted, as shown below. Look on that line for the value type=”password”. Double click on ‘password’, delete it and then press Enter. Look back to the login details and your password will be revealed.
This trick is also quite useful if you have very long passwords and often enter them manually and would like to see what you’re typing in to avoid the dreaded “password incorrect” mistakes.