Quite an interesting question in the title :).
I think that every Internet user (more or less active) is registered on dozens of sites (email, social networks, some kind of game, etc.). It is almost unrealistic to keep in mind the passwords for each site – it is not surprising that there comes a moment when you cannot enter the site!
What to do in this case? I will try to answer this question in this article.
Almost all modern browsers (unless you specifically change the settings) save passwords from visited sites in order to speed up your work. The next time you visit the site, the browser will substitute your username and password in the required fields, and you will only have to confirm the entry.
That is, passwords from most of the sites you visit are saved in the browser!
How do you recognize them?
Simple enough. Let's consider how this is done in the three most popular web browsers: Chrome, Firefox , Opera .
1) In the upper right corner of the browser there is an icon with three lines, by opening which you can go to the program settings. This is what we do (see Fig. 1)!
Figure: 1. Browser settings.
2) In the settings, you need to scroll the page to the very bottom and click on the link 'Show advanced options'. Next, you need to find the 'Passwords and Forms' subsection and click the 'configure' button opposite the point about saving passwords from site forms (as in Fig. 2).
Figure: 2. Configure saving passwords.
3) Next, you will see a list of sites from which passwords are saved in the browser. It remains only to select the desired site and see the login and password for access (as a rule, nothing complicated)
Figure: 3. Passwords and logins …
Preferences address: about: preferences # security
Go to the browser settings page (link above) and click the 'Saved logins …' button, as in fig. 4.
Figure: 4. See saved logins.
Next, you will be presented with a list of sites for which there is saved data. It is enough to select the desired one and copy the logs and password, as shown in Fig. five.
Figure: 5. Copy the password.
Settings page: chrome: // settings
In Opera, it's enough to quickly view your saved passwords: just open the settings page (link above), select the 'Security' section, and click the 'Manage saved passwords' button. Actually, that's all!
Figure: 6. Security in Opera
What to do if the password is not saved in the browser …
This also happens. The browser does not always save the password (sometimes this option is disabled in the settings, or the user did not agree with saving the password when the corresponding window pops up).
In these cases, you can proceed as follows:
- almost all sites have a password recovery form, there it is enough to indicate the registration mail (E-mail address), to which a new password will be sent (or instructions for its recovery);
- many sites and services have a 'Security Question' (for example, your mother's surname before marriage …), if you remember the answer, you can just as easily recover your password;
- if you do not have access to mail, do not know the answer to the security question, then write directly to the site owner (support service). It is possible that access will be restored to you …
I recommend that you create a small notebook and write down passwords from important sites in it (for example, the password for E-mail, answers to security questions, etc.). Information tends to be forgotten, and after half a year, you will be surprised to find out how useful this notebook turned out to be! At least, a similar 'diary' has helped me more than once …