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How to View Your Saved Passwords on Any Device

Do you depend on saved passwords to easily log into your many online accounts? Most of us have dozens of usernames and passwords stored on our phones, laptops and browsers. But how secure and organized are these credentials, really?

In this comprehensive guide, we‘ll explore the built-in tools on popular platforms that allow you to view and manage saved passwords. We‘ll also compare the pros and cons of different password managers to help you better protect your data.

By the end, you‘ll have expert-level knowledge to access your passwords securely on any device or browser. Let‘s dig in!

The Perils of Password Overload

With so many accounts requiring logins these days, password overload is a real problem. According to a 2022 LastPass study, people have about 100 online accounts on average, with each account requiring a unique password. Is it any wonder that 65% of people reuse passwords across accounts?

But here‘s the danger – reusing passwords leaves you extremely vulnerable. Cybercriminals who gain one password can access many accounts. In fact, 81% of hacking related breaches are due to weak or reused passwords, according to Verizon‘s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report.

The bottom line is that you need a way to securely store the unique credentials for all your accounts. Let‘s review the built-in options on popular platforms and browsers.

Viewing Saved Passwords on Mobile Devices

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets conveniently offer password managers to store and autofill credentials.

Accessing Passwords on Android Devices

The Google Password Manager is built into Android devices running Android 9 and up. To view your saved website and app passwords:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Privacy > Autofill service from Google
  3. Tap Passwords
  4. Unlock with your PIN, pattern or password
  5. View and tap passwords to reveal credentials

Viewing passwords in Android settings

You can also access passwords through the Chrome app:

  1. Open Chrome and tap the 3-dot menu
  2. Select Settings > Autofill > Passwords
  3. Unlock and view your list of credentials

According to Google, the Password Manager stores your data securely using your lockscreen method. Your passwords are synced through your Google account and available across Android devices.

Viewing Saved Passwords on iPhone and iPad

Apple provides the iCloud Keychain password manager for iOS devices. To view stored passwords:

  1. Go to Settings > Passwords
  2. Authenticate with Face ID or your device passcode
  3. Select an entry to view the full credentials

Viewing passwords in iOS settings

You can also use the Safari browser:

  1. Open Safari > Settings > Passwords
  2. Authenticate with Face ID or your passcode
  3. Tap a website to view the username and password

iCloud Keychain uses end-to-end encryption to securely store your passwords and credit card information. Your Keychain data syncs across approved Apple devices via iCloud.

Finding Saved Passwords on Computers

Windows, MacOS and Linux computers also include built-in password managers.

Viewing Passwords on Mac

To view saved website and app passwords on a Mac:

  1. Click the Apple menu and select System Settings > Passwords
  2. Authenticate with Touch ID or your account password
  3. Select credentials to view

Viewing passwords on a Mac

You can also use the Keychain Access app to manage passwords.

Additionally, the Safari browser stores website logins and passwords:

  1. Open Safari > Preferences > Passwords
  2. Enter your account password to view credentials

Safari auto-fills passwords after authenticating with Touch ID. Your Keychain data is encrypted and synced across Apple devices when you enable iCloud Keychain.

Viewing Saved Passwords in Windows

Windows computers have the Credential Manager for viewing saved website and app passwords.

On Windows 10 and 11:

  1. Open Control Panel > User Accounts > Credential Manager
  2. View passwords under Web Credentials and Windows Credentials

Viewing passwords in Credential Manager on Windows

You can also use the Command Prompt:

  1. Search for Command Prompt, right click and run as administrator
  2. Enter the command: rundll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr
  3. Press Enter and view your credentials

On Windows 7:

  1. Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > User Accounts
  2. Click Manage your network passwords
  3. View your saved passwords

Or use the Command Prompt method above.

Your Windows credentials are encrypted and tied to your Microsoft account.

Viewing Passwords on Linux

Most Linux distributions utilize the GNOME keyring manager to store passwords and certificates. To view keyring contents on Ubuntu for example:

  1. Install the Seahorse app
  2. Open the Passwords tab
  3. Right click an entry and select View

There are also various CLI commands to view keyring data. Most Linux password managers utilize the libsecret library.

Accessing Saved Passwords in Web Browsers

Popular web browsers have options to save your website credentials which you can view and manage.

Google Chrome

Chrome can save website usernames and passwords which you can view or delete:

  1. Click the key icon next to your profile
  2. Click the 3-dot menu > Settings > Autofill > Passwords
  3. Enter your Windows password or Google password
  4. View and click passwords to reveal credentials

You can export your passwords by clicking Export passwords in this menu.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox also saves website logins which you can view:

  1. Click the 3-line menu
  2. Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Logins and Passwords
  3. Enter your Firefox master password
  4. Click Saved Logins to view credentials

Apple Safari

To view website logins and passwords stored in Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences > Passwords
  2. Enter your account password
  3. Select a website to view credentials

Browsers store your password data in an encrypted local database. However, security experts recommend using a dedicated password manager for optimal safety.

Password Manager Pros and Cons

While built-in password managers are convenient, third-party managers have enhanced security and features:

Benefits of third-party password managers:

  • Cross-platform support to sync passwords on mobile, desktop and the web
  • Strong encryption standards like AES-256 bit and zero-knowledge architecture
  • Password breach monitoring and alerts
  • Tools to identify weak or reused passwords
  • Password sharing securely with other users
  • Password generators for strong unique passwords
  • Digital wallets to store secure notes, documents and more

Potential downsides:

  • Monthly or yearly subscription fees (some have free versions)
  • Relying on a single master password (use a very strong one!)
  • Additional app or software to install and manage
  • Need to transition passwords from other managers

Some top-rated password managers:

Password Manager Platforms Free Option Price (per month)
1Password Windows, Mac, iOS, Android No $2.99 – $4.99
LastPass Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android Yes $2.25 – $3
Keeper Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android No $29.99/year
Dashlane Windows, Mac, iOS, Android No $2.99 – $4.99

Expert Tips on Managing Saved Passwords

As a cybersecurity professional, I recommend taking these steps to better secure and organize your credentials:

  • Audit your accounts – Make a list of all your online accounts requiring passwords so you know exactly what you need to manage.

  • Delete unused logins – Remove old, stale passwords cluttering up your password manager.

  • Consolidate into a password manager – Migrating passwords from your browser into a dedicated password manager is more secure.

  • Generate strong unique passwords – Use password generator tools to create 12-14 character passwords that are random and unique for each account.

  • Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) – Add an extra security layer like biometrics, security keys or verification codes.

  • Check your password health – Scan your credentials to look for weak, reused or compromised passwords in need of updating.

  • Create a master password – Your password vault is only as secure as your master password, so make it extremely long, random and unique.

  • Store your master password – Keep a physical written copy of your master password securely stored as a backup option.

  • Enable biometric login – Use fingerprint or face unlocking rather than typing master passwords on mobile.

  • Share passwords securely – If you need collaboration, securely share passwords with family, friends or coworkers.

  • Check breach notifications – Be alerted if any of your credentials appear in password dumps or data breaches.

  • Export your data – Occasionally export your vault in case you switch password manager services.

By following these tips as a cybersecurity professional, you can achieve password Zen! Your credentials will be totally organized, secured and accessible when needed.

Frequently Asked Questions about Saved Passwords

Let‘s review some common questions:

Can you recover old or deleted passwords?

Unfortunately, old and deleted passwords cannot be recovered in most cases unless you exported vault data from your previous password manager. This underscores the importance of consistently backing up your password manager database.

What if I forget the master password to my password manager?

Many leading password managers like 1Password give you options like setting up a recovery contact or recovery code to regain access if you forget your master password. Otherwise, that vault data may be inaccessible.

Is it safe to use browser built-in password managers?

While browser managers are convenient, security experts recommend standalone password managers that are dedicated solely to protecting your credentials. Browser data is more vulnerable to sophisticated malware or hackers.

Can password managers get hacked?

Leading enterprise password managers use zero-knowledge architecture, meaning even the service itself can‘t access your data. Combined with strong encryption and complex master passwords, your vault is extremely secure against external threats.

How often should you change passwords?

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), you should change passwords every 90 days to 1 year, and immediately if there are signs of a breach. Use generated passwords that are random enough to avoid frequent resets.

Conclusion

With the number of online accounts growing every year, managing dozens of passwords is tedious and insecure. Thankfully, you have many options to conveniently view saved passwords on all your devices. While built-in tools help, migrating credentials to a dedicated password manager enhances both organization and security.

Now you‘re equipped with expert-level knowledge to access passwords securely on any platform or browser. Here‘s wishing you smooth sailing ahead as you improve your password hygiene! Let me know if you have any other password questions arise in your digital travels.

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