Finding stored passwords can be as simple as clicking on some option buttons, or simply might require brute-force and dictionary attacks to crack them. This document discusses ways in which you will discover existing passwords on your computer system with little challenges.
Recovering passwords from Firefox
- Go to the security tab in the options/preferences window. This window is usually accessed through the tools menu. Just simply go to Tools > Options > Security.
- Click that button in the middle of the window and a new popup box should appear listing all your web infor.
- Here you’ll see all stored passwords listed along with the corresponding website names. Click “Show Passwords” to see the passwords.
- Click “Yes” to confirm the warning dialog that appears.
Recovering passwords hidden behind asterisks
Passwords hidden behind the asterisks will need to be discovered if you have forgotten all of them and they have to be utilized with a different computer. Many asterisk exposing software can show the figures that hide. Asterisk Logger from NirSoftFreeware is one such utility.
Some Useful Tools
Cain & Abel can be used for viewing stored passwords in Windows. Techniques used include network sniffing, dictionary attacks, brute-force attacks and password-box revealing. This tool is freeware.
NirSoftFreeware has a number of handy freeware utilities for recovering lost passwords from IE, Outlook, and various Instant Messaging clients.
Password Unlocker come with a plenty of password recovery software which can help to reset Windows password, MS SQL srever password, RAR password, Office password (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint), IE pasword, Outlook password, IM password and so on.