Figure Out Your Passwords via Safari’s Preferences

Safari compass iconYou’ve probably noticed Safari filling in your username and password on certain sites. That happens because you told Safari to remember your username and password, probably a long time ago. And now you don’t remember the password and Safari shows it as bullets, like so:

•••••. Not very helpful if for some reason you need to know what that password is.

Turns out there is a way to figure out what those bullets stand for.

1. Go to Safari/Preferences… and go to Passwords (across the top). It looks like this:

Safari Passwords box

2. Click on the password (or passwords– ⌘-click) you’re interested in.

3. Check the box that says “Show passwords for selected websites” at bottom left.

Safari will pop up a box asking you to supply your administrator password (the one you use when installing software, or maybe when you turn the machine on). After you do that, you’ll be asked to allow access to the Keychain (at least once, maybe twice– click “Allow” each time). After that you will see the passwords in plain text. Yay.

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