Show Password Text Hidden / Masked in Online Password Field and Desktop Applications
Passwords are the keys to your online privacy and PC Security. Websites and Desktop applications try to hide your passwords from a person looking over your shoulder on your screen, by masking the passwords as you type them in the password field. It is a desirable features and these days, it is a de-facto standard. Almost all websites and desktop applications ensure that your password is hidden and masked behind a series of asterisk as you type your password in the password field.
But there are situations, in which you want that the hidden and masked password is displayed to you. Sometimes it is due to the fact that you might be causing repeated errors in typing the password and the site may block your account after a specified number of wrong attempts. I was also in a similar situation a few days back when I had forgotten a password which was stored in my Password Manager, but I had forgotten it a long back. The Password Manager was auto-filling the password field correctly, but I was not able to know exactly what is my password, as I was not able to see the contents in the password field.
BulletPassView – A Desktop Password Retrieving Utility
NirSoft, a popular developer of freeware utilities, has developed a freeware tool for just this situation. BulletsPassView is a password recovery tool that reveals the passwords stored behind the bullets in the standard password text-box of Windows operating system and Internet Explorer Web browser. After revealing the passwords, you can easily copy them to the clipboard or save them into text/html/csv/xml file.
BulletsPassView doesn’t require any installation process or additional dll file. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file – BulletsPassView.exe
When you run BulletsPassView, it makes a first scan to locate passwords text-boxes that are currently on the screen. If it finds any password, it’ll be displayed on the main window. In order to make another scan, simply choose ‘Refresh’ under the view menu or press F5. There is also ‘Auto Refresh’ option under the Options menu. If you turn it on, BulletsPassView will automatically scan for new password text-boxes every few seconds. Be aware that the ‘Auto Refresh’ feature might be slow on some computers, especially if there are many opened windows.