I am a great fan of password manager applications because of two reasons.
First, I never ever use the same password for all of my email account’s, Facebook account, Twitter profile and so on. If someone is able to guess the password of one of these accounts or gets any unauthorized access, he may use the same information to login to my other accounts as well.
The second reason of using a strong password combined with a password manager program is that you never need to remember those long and complex passwords. Password managers like Keepass can automatically fill in the auto filled passwords on web pages and all you have to do is just remember a master password and use a custom key combination.
Reveal Passwords Stored Behind Asterisk - Browser Bookmarklet
But what if you want to know the exact string of an autofilled password, in case you want to change your Gmail password or type the same password string in a new username/password form? You have to open your password manager application, search for the username and password entry and manually copy the 16 but password string. There is no other way to view the autofilled password string, which is being returned by the password manager application.
However, here is a siple workaround. Just use the following bookmarklet
Show passwords in password forms – drag and drop in your browser’s bookmarks toolbar.
When your password manager program autofills the password field with a random password and you want to know the exact string, just hit that bookmarklet. The bookmarklet will reveal the actual password hidden behind the dotted characters, the result would be something like this:
So you get the idea? The bookmarklet makes it extremely easy to reveal passwords behind asteriks and dotted characters, so you can quickly learn what auto generated passwordis being returned from the password manager you’re using.
Since the above script is a browser bookmarklet, it works in all the major browsers, Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera etc. No installation is required at all, just drag and drop the bookmarklet in your browser’s bookmarks toolbar.
Another usefulness of the extension comes into play, when you have forgotten your original password and can’t login to your Gmail account or Facebook account. Use the bookmarklet to know the actual characters and then prevent login lockdowns.
[ via Lifehacker ]