How to View a Saved Password in Safari on Mac

Moments ago, I needed to send the login details of an old cPanel account to a developer. However, I couldn’t get a grip on the cPanel username or its password either. This wasn’t really because I’m bad at remembering usernames or passwords but because it been quite a long time I made use of those credentials.

Also, hosting companies automatically generate usernames for you when you take up shared hosting. This was an easy fix for me because I knew how to view a saved password in Safari on a mac. So on this post, I’ll be leaving tips on how to view a saved password in safari on mac. Safari is a web browser developed and managed by Apple Inc.

The browser is based on the WebKit engine. It was first released on desktop devices in 2003 with the Mac OS X Panther. Safari is the default browser on Apple devices and comes bundled with any Apple internet-enabled operating system. You can also use safari on other operating systems although apple has taken off supports from safari on other operating systems. So if you can’t recall your login details, you can easily view these credentials using the steps below.

How to View a Saved Password in Safari on Mac

  • Launch the Safari browser on your device.
  • From the menu bar at the top of the screen, locate and click on the “Safari” menu.
  • Click on “Preferences…” from the drop-down menu or simply press the command key and “,”.
  • The Preferences window should pop up. It contains a row of icons stretched across the top. Click on the “Passwords” icon, which looks like a key.
  • Safari would notify you that the “Passwords Are Locked.” Using your Mac’s keyboard, enter the password for your Mac user account and hit the enter key.
  • Once you’ve verified you’re the owner of the device and you’re in the Passwords section, you can see a list of all the sites Safari has saved passwords for. Each entry lists the website, user name, and a password that has been hidden as a series of dots for security purposes.
  • Scroll through the list until you find the account you’re looking for, then click on it.
  • The password would be revealed.

Please, this guide is shared for informational purposes and we’re not responsible for any wrong use of this information.


How to protect your passwords and your accounts

Saving your passwords on a web browser is a nonchalant security risk you should avoid if you care about your cybersecurity. Viewing saved passwords for any browser is as easy as viewing saved passwords in safari. If someone gets your device password, they could easily get access to all your accounts, including Facebook, Gmail and your bank accounts and credit card details. That’s enough not just to find out your darkest secrets but steal your identity.

To ensure your cybersecurity, try the following steps:

  • Turn off the Safari AutoFill feature. You can turn it off by clicking on “Safari”, from the drop-down, select “Preferences” then “Passwords” and unticking the checkbox beside “AutoFill usernames and passwords”.
  • Don’t save your passwords on any browser. It might be convenient and it might be tempting but it is a security risk.
  • Always Use a password manager, which is a much more secure option for saving your passwords. Password managers like NordPass or DashLane would help you store all your passwords in one place and protect them with secured encryption technology. This means that no one, not even hackers or governments, can view or steal them. The good news is the above software could also help you generate stronger passwords and facilitate fast logins.
  • Once you copy all your passwords onto a secure password vault, delete them from Safari. If you don’t, hackers will still be able to steal them.


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