Anyone who uses a web browser to browse the internet asks his browser to save his username and password when logging into a site that requires it. Surely, saving your browser username and password is useful when you want to log in quickly and do not have to know the name and password you used when signing up for the site. But what if you need to log into one of these sites using a different browser, on a different computer, or even your smartphone and you don’t remember the login credentials?
Fortunately, it is very easy to get saved usernames and passwords from your web browser when you cannot remember them. Unfortunately, it’s easy for criminals to do this as well, so make sure you don’t save your usernames and passwords for important sites like your banking or credit card sites. Keep in mind that the process of getting saved usernames and passwords varies from browser to browser, so we’ll cover the four most used browsers which are Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
For IE, all you can do is the long or the short road. The long way to go is to do it from IE by going to Tools> Internet Options> Content Tab> AutoComplete Settings> and then clicking on the Manage Passwords button. Or, you can simply go to Control Panel and then Certification Manager because either way you will end up in the same place. From Credential Manager, you want to make sure you are in the web credentials and not the Windows credentials.
From here you can see the saved username of the respective site and then click on the blue link that says Show to view the password. You will be required to enter your Windows password as an added security measure and then your password will be displayed.
To find your saved usernames and passwords in Edge, just go to Credential Manager and do the same process you want with Internet Explorer. But Edge will also let you update or delete saved credentials directly from the browser if you don’t want to make an effort to open the Control Panel. To do so, click the ellipsis (3 dots) and choose Settings> Show advanced settings> Manage passwords and choose the site you want to edit or delete and make your changes. You can either delete it by clicking the X or go into it and make your own changes and click Save.
This process is slightly different for Google Chrome and should be done within Chrome itself. Google is always changing things with Chrome so hopefully, this should still be in effect when you read this! From the three dots on the top right of the browser, go to Settings> Advanced> Passwords and Forms, and Password Manager.
After that, you will click on the three vertical dots on the right and then “Details” a box for details of your saved passwords will appear. You also have the option to remove the credentials from here as well.
If you click on the eye icon, you will be prompted to enter your Windows password for an additional security step, and then the saved password will appear.
Finally to view the usernames and passwords saved in Firefox from Firefox itself, go to Tools> Options> Security tab on the left. If you don’t have a tools menu, right-click on the toolbar and select the menu bar option. After that, you will click on the Saved Logins button and it will show you a list of all the saved usernames and their associated websites. Simply find the one you want and click on the Show passwords button and they will all be revealed. Firefox will not ask for your Windows password which makes storing your passwords in Firefox less secure.
Another way to get a saved username and password for a specific site is directly from the site’s login page. Just right-click anywhere on the page, choose View Page Info, and then go to the Security section. Then click on the View saved passwords button and then click the Show passwords button.