Browsers are really becoming more and more user friendly with loads of features to take our browsing experience to new heights.The password wand, the password vault or whatever the name be, is an integral part of any browser nowadays. A browser without a password manager feels extremely dull.
The password storage feature allows us to login into any website without entering login details manually. This comes in very handy as entering login details, specially in cyber-cafe is not at all secure.
Now, lets say you visit a site after a long time and suddenly want to know the password you used to login. The password is there in the password manager, but it does not allow us to see the password. Or, say you forget the master password somehow.
In these terrible situations, we can use password recovery tools for various browsers. These password recovery tools come in very handy and are totally safe and legal.
The Opera browser has a password recovery tool that is not free. It is priced at $27. The tool is called Opera Password Recovery or simply OPR. The software is released under a shareware license. The tool can help you recover all types of passwords including the master password. Although there are no guarantees in recovering the master password, the recovery of other general login passwords is guaranteed.
The software is compatible with Windows 7 and can recover 3 characters if unlicensed. Thus, if you are using the software as a free version without buying, you can still recover the first three characters. This works as good as a hint for the lost password even though the complete password is not recovered.
Firefox has many password recovery tools and all of them are free unlike Opera’s OPR. One such tool is passwordFox. With passwordFox, we can recover any Firefox password, in full length. passwordFox can also display Firefox passwords from many profiles and not just the current user profile as done by other Firefox password recovery tools. The application displays the username, password, username field and the password field for the password being recovered.
Chrome, like any other popular web browser has a password recovery tool called Chromepass. This password recovery tool can be used to recover passwords saved in the Chrome browser and it displays username, password, original URL, action URL and the time of creation of the password. The software is compatible with both Windows XP and Windows Vista and 7.
We hope that these tools will allow you to recover your lost passwords and take a little stress out of your life. Of course, you could always use LastPass to manage your passwords.
(By) Chinmoy Kanjilal is a technology, web2.0 and Linux enthusiast and evangelist. He has an in depth knowledge of working of Softwares, Operating Systems, Hardwares and Computer Networks. Blogging is his favourite pasttime. He blogs primarily at Techarraz. You can find him on Twitter @chinmoykanjilal.
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