Nowadays we use our app/site accounts daily to perform all sorts of tasks. However, having a lot of accounts also means having to manage a lot of passwords, which is not always easy. Without the right tools, it is very likely that sooner or later you will forget your credentials, and having to recover them is a tedious operation and, sometimes, not immediate. For this reason, in the following lines, we will show you how you can recover passwords for apps and websites saved on your PC using some strategies that, depending on the situation, may or may not solve the problem.
How to manage passwords on a PC
Before showing you how you can recover passwords saved on PC, it would be useful to talk about their management, because, as mentioned earlier, it is essential not to lose them and keep them safe. For this purpose, are very useful password managers, real containers in which you can store and keep safe all your credentials (and not only), as well as being able to view them when necessary. We at ChimeraRevo, to help you in the choice and use of these tools, have made a guide in which we compare the best password managers in circulation.
How to recover saved passwords in your browser
Have you saved your passwords within a browser and can no longer view them? Know that, by following a few simple steps, you can view your saved passwords and locate the one you are interested in.
To view saved passwords within Google Chrome:
- Within the main screen of the browser, click on the icon in the shape of three dots, located in the upper right corner
- Continue to Settings, then to Passwords
- Within the next screen, you will find all passwords saved through the browser and you can also manage them (you will not, however, be able to change them)
Do you use Mozilla Firefox as your default browser and have some of your passwords saved in it? You don’t have to worry at all, because you can view your saved credentials, just like in the case of Google Chrome.
- Within the Firefox main screen, click on the icon in the shape of three horizontal lines in the upper right corner
- Continue on Credentials and passwords
- On the next screen, you’ll be able to view all your saved passwords (again, you won’t be able to change them directly from this screen, but you’ll have to go to the site dedicated to the service)
Do you use the browser from Microsoft? Then all you have to do is follow the directions provided below:
- In the main Microsoft Edge screen, click on the three-dot icon at the top right corner
- Continue to Settings and, on the next screen, click on Password
- In this way, you’ll have in front of you all the passwords you have saved through the browser
How to recover passwords for apps and websites saved on your PC
There are programs specially designed for recovering passwords saved on PC, which will help you in case you need to view your access data for apps and services. Please be warned that these programs might be flagged by your antivirus software as unreliable, as they might be used for illegal purposes. Therefore, we urge you to use such software for personal and responsible purposes only.
PasswdFinder is one of the best programs that can recover your passwords saved on your PC. In fact, in a matter of seconds, the program will recover all the credentials that you have in your installed software and your browser.
- Download PasswdFinder from its official website and install it on your computer.
- Next, launch it and click on Yes, I understand
- At this point, through a brief search, PasswdFinder will show you all the passwords saved on your PC
ChromePass and PasswordFox are two very useful tools that will let you recover your passwords saved on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, respectively. However, you should know that the two tools only work in case your passwords are not synchronized with a Google/Firefox account. In that case, it will be impossible to recover your passwords as they are encrypted.