How to recover passwords used on your computer

Every time you select to save a password in an application or a website, the data of the same is stored in a safe place on your computer. If you are an administrator, you can access the data and retrieve a list of passwords that have been used on your computer. The password is stored in different ways on a PC and MacIntosh computer, but the information is accessible on both types of systems.

Every time you select to save a password in an application or a website, the data of the same is stored in a safe place on your computer. If you are an administrator, you can access the data and retrieve a list of passwords that have been used on your computer. The password is stored in different ways on a PC and MacIntosh computer, but the information is accessible on both types of systems.

Instructions for PC

Step 1

Log in to your PC computer with an administrator account.

Step 2

Open the “Start” menu and click on the “Run” button.

Step 3

Type “keymgr.dll” in the text box and press “Enter.” The key manager utility program will start and display a list of the passwords used on the computer.

Step 4

Highlight the password element on which you want to obtain more information.

Step 5

Click on the “Properties” button, on the right side of the window, to see more information about the selected password element. The pop-up window will show the user name, password and server address for the selected item.

Instructions for Mac

Step 1

Log in to your Macintosh computer with an administrator account.

Step 2

Open a new “Finder” window by clicking on the icon in the Dock.

Step 3

Go to the “Tools” folder in the “Applications” section of the Mac hard drive.

Step 4

Double click on the “Access to passwords” icon to start the program. A list of all passwords used on the computer will appear.

Step 5

Highlight a password element and click on the “i” button at the bottom of the window to see more information about it.

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