How to Find Passwords From Cookies

by Foye Robinson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Microsoft defines a cookie as “a very small text file placed on your hard drive by a web page server.” Cookies enable a website to remember your computer when you return to a website, so you won't have to re-enter the data when you return to the website. Allowing a cookie to save your password can be helpful if you’re using a private computer. But the results can be detrimental on a public computer by giving others access to sensitive data about you.

Cookies Saved in Firefox

Open Firefox and click on “Tools” and “Options.”

Select the “Security” tab in the “Options” dialog box.

Go to the “Passwords” section and click on “Saved Passwords.”

Click on “Show Passwords” in the “Saved Passwords” dialog box and choose “Yes” for “Are you sure you wish to show your passwords?”

Scroll through the list to find the password you need, then click on “Close.” Click “OK” to close the “Options” dialog box.

Cookies Saved in Internet Explorer

Download a free copy of IE PassView. A zipped copy of the program will be saved to your computer.

Unzip the files, then click on “IEPV.exe” and select “Run.” A list of your passwords will be automatically visible in the “IE PassView” window.

Scroll to find the password you need, then close the program.

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Foye Robinson is a freelance writer and Web designer with Precision Web Crafting. She shares her love for family/relationships, fitness and Web design in her writing. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Webster University and also writes miscellaneous articles and novels.

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