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There are tools to recover most of your 'remembered' password. You can use them if you forgot your 'remembered' password, and so can anyone with access to your machine.

I've forgotten my password [to a web site, mail account, instant messaging tool, etc.]. However, I can log in because I have 'remember my password' configured, so the computer just logs me in automatically since it saved password. Is there a way I can see what that password is?

Yes.

And that should scare you, because it's an important lesson about just how dangerous it is to use 'remember me'.

Why? Because if you can recover it, then anyone who has access to the machine can probably recover it.

'Remember my password' doesn't seem like such a good idea anymore, now does it?

When you choose 'Remember my password', or any equivalent, the software does exactly that - it saves a copy of your password somewhere on the computer. Sometimes it's stored in plain text - available to anyone if they know where to look, sometimes it's encrypted or obfuscated in some way. Regardless, it has to be quick and easy for the program to fetch the remembered password and decrypt it, if needed, each time you login or do whatever it is that requires that password.

And that applies to almost all common applications that save passwords, including nearly all instant messaging programs, nearly all email programs, and nearly all websites that require some kind of account name and password to login.

So it stands to reason that there would be utility programs that also can retrieve those very same account names and passwords.

Let's start with one that you might not even realize.

Firefox

If you use Firefox as your web browser, do this:

  • Click on the Tools menu

  • Click on the Options menu item

  • Click on the Passwords tab

  • Click on the View Saved Passwords button

  • In the resulting dialog, click on the Show Passwords button

If you're like me, you'll be fairly shocked the first time you do this. Yes, you can set a 'master password' to protect your passwords, but the default is not to have one.

And anyone who walks by your computer while you're logged in can do this.

For other programs, you need to download a few simple utilities. Specifically, NirSoft has available several Password Recovery Tools. Included are tools that will display the saved passwords for a host of different programs and situations.

For example, here's a screen shot resulting from running the 'MessenPass' utility on my machine:

MessenPass Screenshot

You can see that it lists, for each IM program I run, the service, the account name and the password. While I've obfuscated them here in this example for my protection, the account names and passwords are displayed in clear text.

I'm not guaranteeing it, of course, since there could be many other things at play, but if you've lost a password, and you have 'Remember' turned on, there's a very high likelihood that you can grab one of the utilities from NirSoft, and recover it. It's certainly one of the first things I would try.

Yet Another Word About Security

I encourage you to download those tools and play with them on your own machine. Using them, you'll see how trivially easy it is to recover many passwords that are merely hidden by the 'remember' function of so some applications.

Now remember: anyone can use them.

If you leave your machine logged in, anyone who can walk up to it can insert a CD or floppy with these tools, and get your saved passwords just as trivially.

And while logging out or using a password protected screen saver puts up a barrier, even that barrier, while significant, is not impenetrable.

I want to make sure you remember two important things:

1) 'Remember my password' is a convenience, and a security risk. Use it with caution.

2) If your machine is not physically secure it is not secure. If someone can walk up to it, insert a disk and reboot it, they can take total control. And that includes recovering your passwords with tools as we've seen here.

And remember also, that while you've just read this article and learned how to recover your remembered password ... your 'friends' and perhaps those who are not your friends have also read this and learned how to steal your remembered password.

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107 Comments
Ken
July 26, 2006 7:04 AM

And even if you couldn't "recover" these passwords, nothing stops another person from logging in to your account, changing the password, and having your program "remember" the new password. You would never know this has happened, unless you happen to run another program, or use another computer, which doesn't know the new password. In the meantime, this other person has full access to your account from elsewhere, without having to have known the password in the first place.

Ross
July 29, 2006 6:56 AM

Perhaps get a free copy of Roboform at http://www.roboform.com/

Leo Notenboom
July 29, 2006 9:16 AM

I'm actually evaluating Roboform right now.

Roboform will display Internet Explorer cached passwords (only, apparently). That's yet another security risk, as anyone who can walk up to your machine can install RoboForm and then see those passwords. It's unclear how/if Roboform handles messenger and other passwords that exist at the time it's installed.

Once you install it, it WILL display passwords that it maintains for you.

asasa
July 29, 2006 4:01 PM

i understand that by using some software such as MessenPass you can see your password in text if someone uses "remember my password". however, is it possible to recover previous password...the one that you had before your current password. is there a way?

Leo Notenboom
July 29, 2006 4:22 PM

No. Not that I'm aware of.

Jack Donnelly
July 30, 2006 9:41 AM

If you have a backup copy of your hard drive when this password was active, you could use MessenPass or similar programs to recover it.

Josh
July 31, 2006 10:19 AM

how can i bypass the admin login

Josh
July 31, 2006 10:31 AM

how can i get the administrator password?

laura
August 1, 2006 7:49 AM

what if I can't reset it by using forgot your password cuz my emails changed, and I don't have automatic save password on either? Doesn't teh computer save everything somwhere, i use firefox?

Josh
August 1, 2006 8:12 AM

How can i bypass the admin login screen wihtout putting a password or a user name.

deedar khan
August 13, 2006 7:54 PM

i have forgot my password i want to login for a wile to chang it.

Leteslase
August 17, 2006 1:30 AM

Hi Leo
I got your idea on your internate I have some questions.
I forgate the password of my Pc what can I do

Leteslase
August 17, 2006 1:31 AM

Hi Leo
I got your idea on your internate I have some questions.
I forgate the password of my Pc what can I do

ernesto
September 12, 2006 1:02 AM

i forgot my myspace password

destiney
September 20, 2006 4:03 PM

can i please have my password to my myspace

amber
September 30, 2006 7:37 PM

hi there... umm.i have a myspace and a yahoo account i used in new york...now i live in alberta and the computer is at my dads house still.... i have all my friend's email addresses, phone number etc etc on that comp... i totally forget the password...i tried everything..i dont have the money to go buy some fancy software... iwas wondering if u knew , someway to figure out my password.. its prettymuch a needle in a hay stack...not many people can do it...but if u cud help..that wud b great

karissa
October 2, 2006 10:35 AM

i forgot my login name on my myspace page how can i find it out

amna
October 14, 2006 12:57 PM

how do i get my myspace password back i've had it for so long and all of a sudden i forget it can u plase help me get it back

Shirlonda Vaughn
October 18, 2006 3:32 PM

I forgot my password for myspace and i haven't been on for a month. I need help, my myspace account is suzyiscool13@myspace.com. Please HELP ME!!

paola
October 20, 2006 12:53 PM

"I forgot my password - can I somehow get my auto-login remembered password?":

jeanete
October 21, 2006 3:07 PM

i need to know my password please help me .my boyfriend changed it and i need to figure it out

Tala
October 27, 2006 12:29 AM

Hi Leo
I heard and read at your web site a lot of things about you and now my question is I have my own internet account and email account that one who gave me my country organization and I am living Ethiopia I need to change my internet account password but I forgotten my internet email account so how could I change my password with out internet email account? Thanks!

umar
October 31, 2006 11:02 PM

sir

i forgat my msn password .plz help me
to change my msn password .

joy
November 2, 2006 6:20 PM

i need to know my password please help me .my boyfriend changed it and i need to figure it out

anakaren soto
November 8, 2006 4:09 PM

I forgot my myspace password and they said they would send it to my MSN but i forgot that password also?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

keala
November 12, 2006 7:22 PM

hi my name is keala.
its such a bummer that when i made my myspace i put my recent email at that time but then i forgot that password so i made another email. and now that i forgot my myspace password its impossible to find it out cuzzz there sending my myspace password to my old email.... its just carzyyy cann you help me out...
that would be awsome.....please get back to me...

--keala

janibel
November 14, 2006 3:03 PM

hII...i fOrGoT MII PaSSWoRd i HaDeN'T GoT ON 4 A MOntH..caN u plSZ HeLP Me cHanGe mY PaSSwOrd plSZ...!!!!

kate
November 17, 2006 8:56 AM

I forgot my myspace password

jessica
November 18, 2006 1:15 AM

need my myspace login in name and password

melissa
November 20, 2006 4:21 AM

Hi Leo i forgot myspace email can you please help me im so desperate myspace account means alot to me
greetz from italy melissa

hannikhalil
November 20, 2006 6:05 PM

i need 2 kno ma password ma girl friend changed it n she also forgot it....u could e-mail me at khalilhanni@yahoo.com thank you

liam
November 23, 2006 6:41 AM

i forgot my myspace password and forgot what email address i used can i get his account back

jeff
December 3, 2006 6:05 PM

i forgot mypassword for myspace and im using two different screen names . how can i get my passwod back and without emailing it to my email address?

Josh
December 24, 2006 9:26 PM

i used another email that doesn't exist for my myspace email and then i just forgot my password so how can i get the password sent to my new email that i really have?

wintana
December 25, 2006 10:30 PM

okay so i forgot my password for my myspace and i know u can just hit the button that says "forgot password" well i formy passwrod for my mail account so i dont know what to do know.
and i dont want to start a new myspace "account" so what do i do now.

Charles
December 26, 2006 2:06 AM

I got my login name? Pls help...

BLACKOUT
December 26, 2006 9:04 AM

I've forgotten my myspace password and I need your help.

matt
December 26, 2006 9:46 AM

I forgot my email address i used on myspace can you please help me.

Bob
December 27, 2006 3:05 PM

i forgot myspace pw and i used a fake email how can i get my password back plz help!

desanae
December 29, 2006 2:14 PM

i need my password to my myspace can u give it to me please!!

ariana
December 30, 2006 12:55 AM

can i get my auto-login remembered password?

dee crutcher
January 1, 2007 9:15 PM

someone changed my myspace password i want to no it

Julie
January 2, 2007 1:15 PM

i forgot mypassword for myspace how can i get my password back and without emailing it to my email address?

crystal beltres
January 2, 2007 2:25 PM

i forgot my myspace password could you please give it to me cause irelly need it. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

maria
January 2, 2007 10:20 PM

can you please help me get my myspace password because i really really need it thank you!

winni
January 4, 2007 3:16 PM

i want to get back into myspace

Charles
January 4, 2007 7:07 PM

I forgot my GG client password, could you please tell me the right program to use to recover my "rmembered password"

vicky
January 5, 2007 12:15 PM

i forgot my myspace password And i use a fake e-mail for my myspace, can you PLEASE HELP ME!!!

Leo Notenboom
January 5, 2007 1:18 PM

If the article above didn't help, the you're out of luck. If you forget your password and you used a bogus email address, there's no way to recover. ALWAYS USE A REAL EMAIL ADDRESS THAT ONLY YOU HAVE ACCESS TO.

Day-Day
January 6, 2007 7:31 PM

I forgot my myuspace password and i need it to get back on myspace.Can you help me please?I need to get on myspace as soon as possible.I can't take it anymore myspace is my life...

lil breanne
January 7, 2007 5:19 PM

i lost my password

bad
January 9, 2007 3:10 PM

i forgot the password to my email rannoud_85@hotmail.com,can you help me plz

Trinity
January 10, 2007 1:47 PM

I used a fake email address when setting up my space account, and I need to know how to change my email address. Then confirmation emails are being sent to me at Myspace and I cannot retrieve them. Please help me, I have tried everything.

Leo Notenboom
January 10, 2007 3:10 PM

If the article above didn't help, the you're out of luck. If you forget your password and you used a bogus email address, there's no way to recover. ALWAYS USE A REAL EMAIL ADDRESS THAT ONLY YOU HAVE ACCESS TO.

DADDY CHUCKY C*H*F
January 10, 2007 4:21 PM

HOW DO I FIND MY MYSPACE PASSWROD

niesha bardell
January 12, 2007 5:58 PM

i forgot my password please help

matthew
January 14, 2007 3:36 PM

i forgot my password wat can i do to get my password

britni kindred
January 15, 2007 1:12 PM

i forgot my password can you send it to asap on my yahoo at [email address removed]

[and no, I can't - read the notes all over the site that say I can't retrieve passwords]

jason
January 16, 2007 11:01 AM

All i know is myspace is full of sh--.....it says if you forget your password .click on forgot password and they will send it to your email.................LOLOLOLOLOL........what a joke it has been 2days and nothing.......peace

michael leissa
January 16, 2007 4:17 PM

can you get my myspace password for me please?

Leo Notenboom
January 16, 2007 4:27 PM

Right above the button you had to push to submit that comment is this text:

"I cannot recover lost passwords or hacked accounts. "

Is that not clear? What am I missing?

darral
January 17, 2007 1:10 PM

I FORGOT MY PASSWORD-CAN I SOMEHOW GET MY AUTO-LOGIN REMEMBERED PASSWORD

andres
January 21, 2007 5:15 PM

I forgot my myspace password and the password has not come to my email at yahoo.com

nancy
January 23, 2007 12:44 AM

i want to know my password because i forget it

heather
January 25, 2007 7:09 PM

i forgot my myspace password can i get a new 1????

Huda
January 27, 2007 8:09 PM

i forgot my myspace password and my e-mail wont work. wat should i do? how do i figure of my password?

BombayGranny
January 27, 2007 10:56 PM

Damn good reminder/explanation.

nicole
February 3, 2007 5:00 PM

please help me find my password for myspace thank you

yllza
February 4, 2007 9:01 AM

plz givemi pass

jordan
February 5, 2007 6:41 AM

i forgot my password to get on my myspace and i need it to get on my myspace

jordan
February 5, 2007 6:43 AM

i forgot mz password for my myspace and i want it

sAMANTHA
February 17, 2007 5:47 AM

i forgot my myspace password and my e-mail wont work. wat should i do? how do i figure of my password?

tyshaya
February 21, 2007 1:26 PM

can u help me find my password?

sadie
February 27, 2007 3:39 PM

myspace won't let me login my password isn't right or some thing also the computer says my screen name isn't right to or somthing like that. can i some how get into my myspace?

kevin
February 28, 2007 12:18 PM

I cant get on myspace b/c i forgot my password. The worst part about it is that i cant retrieve it b/c my email changed. Is there a way i can get to my myspace!!! im going crazy lol

arren
March 1, 2007 3:01 PM

i want my password to get on myspace

tavia aka sugar
March 2, 2007 12:25 PM

i forgot my password could u please help me find it, please, i dont know if a hacker stole it or wht, but i cant get to my password, and i forgot it

chris sotelo
March 4, 2007 9:03 PM

i forgot my password for myspace but cant retrive it because my email is changed please help me

Angel
March 10, 2007 5:59 PM

i forgot my myspace password do you think that you can help me figure out what it is.

jamelhickey
March 17, 2007 5:04 AM

i had just forgot my password cause i have not been on in so long

V
March 26, 2007 8:07 PM

ok heres the story i changed my email on thursday on myspace from veronistar@hot to veronikiux2284@hot when i got the link on my email to verify the email switch i clicked on it and now none of the emails work i tried to retrieve the password but it says that my account dont exist with any of the emails but when i look up my account under veronistar@hot its still active what can i do please help

andrew
May 17, 2007 12:49 AM

lol i forgot my password to actualy log into windows, it gives me a hint but i cant remember, is there anyway round this, p.s its a laptop

Hoochie
July 24, 2007 4:45 AM

Use IntelliLogin to automatic login any website for you!
Never forget any password again!
www.jjsoft-studio.com

Antonio
August 27, 2007 12:07 AM

hey nice website

bRIT
October 4, 2007 6:39 PM

It showed my password but it still wont let me logg in.

rythrgefw
December 30, 2007 8:12 PM

is there a way to view ALL of your passwords used on a single account over time? because i lost my myspace password and tried several others off the top of my memory while i still had the save password button clicked is there a way to view ALL entered passwords?

Leo A. Notenboom
January 4, 2008 11:05 AM

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No, not that I'm aware of.

Leo


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taquita
January 18, 2008 1:32 PM

i forgot my password and i really need help

veerareddy
June 17, 2008 7:22 PM

very good and useful

poppy
April 25, 2009 5:58 AM

i have yahoo messenger 9.0 and this software toold doesn't show ne password for that , though i have clicked on on auto login

kenlor chevelon
May 10, 2009 10:22 AM

i need for got my pass word

Hugh
July 28, 2009 8:58 AM

System rescue CD can help with windoz passwords... get it here
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=systemrescue

James
August 11, 2009 8:45 AM

I use Firefox with a master password, but Opera is my favourite browser (except when it doesn't display certain web sites as the designers intended). I prefer the way Opera handles passwords, except that I've found no way to retrieve a site password when, for example, a web site doesn't display and I want to switch to Firefox.
Opera's good with cookies, by the way, in that I can delete them all on exit, except for a few sites that I've made exceptions.

Jermaine
November 29, 2009 7:41 PM

i need my password for myspace i have'nt went on it in so long and i forgot it is there a way i can get it if i dont have access to that email address or the password to my myspace?

Sally
December 17, 2009 11:46 PM
  • The worst thing about losing email or other account password is: If you cannot recapture your password, you will lost many important contact information of your friends, colleagues and business partners.
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Goodfriend
March 27, 2010 11:48 PM

I recommend use Password Recovery Bundle 2010:
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cocoly
April 21, 2010 1:26 AM

Good!

I Free download Windows password unlocker from its official site. This is a professional Windows Password recovery software!

Michelle
May 25, 2010 12:36 AM

At one time , I had the experience with forgetting windows password. Finally I use Windows Password Recovery 6.0 .The program is easy to use.
http://www.recoverlostpassword.com/products/windowspasswordrecoery.html
It's worth a try!

cscindy9
May 30, 2010 8:16 PM

This sounds pretty interesting. We used a similar software at my tech support job a few years ago. Called "Windows Password Key 8.0".
It works very prefect to regain your password .Also use boot CD/DVD.
I have download it from this website: http://www.lostwindowspassword.com

zhuliya
September 19, 2010 11:20 PM

Many of us are usually confronted with this problem-forget our Windows password and have no idea what to do.Now,letís get acquainted with this issue.

You can create a password reset disk which enables you to reset your password without much hassle. The problem with this option is that you have to create the reset disk before the password is lost. You can find a description of how to create a password reset disk here.

Source:
http://resetwindows7password.blog.com/

rcmichelle
October 19, 2010 2:02 AM

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rcmichelle
October 21, 2010 12:16 AM

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afroz
August 25, 2011 9:29 PM

i forgoat my password

aydon brooks
August 29, 2011 1:13 PM

its always signed me in automatically up until i restore my laptop im unable to get my password due to the fact it was that long ago

moses emmanuel
January 14, 2012 3:41 AM

Well,i just hope this works

angie baby
January 28, 2012 7:37 AM

i think this is wonderful. i'm new.so if i dont know is ok bare with me, on learning the computer.

catina porter
February 27, 2012 6:48 PM

I have forgot my password to change my old email on my profile on Facebook I have a new email I would like to enter on my profile

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