Go Hack Yourself… Or How to Recover Lost Email Passwords
We’ve been installing a lot of Thunderbird Email programs and we’ve noticed that a few people don’t know their email passwords. Luckily, in most cases, we can recover them, and today we’re going to let you in on a little trick we use.
There are a lot of “ifs” involving recovery passwords for email. It depends on what email program you use – or if you don’t use an email program, but use a browser to access you email.
If you use an email program to access your email, then you’ll find Mail Pass View from Nirsoft very helpful. Keep in mind this may be considered a “hacking tool” by some antivirus and security programs. But since the one you’re actually hacking is yourself – it’s all good.
Here’s the author’s description of Mail Pass View
Mail PassView is a small password-recovery tool that reveals the passwords and other account details for the following email clients:
Microsoft Outlook 2000 (POP3 and SMTP Accounts only)
Microsoft Outlook 2002/2003/2007/2010/2013/2016 (POP3, IMAP, HTTP and SMTP Accounts)
Windows Live Mail
Mozilla Thunderbird (If the password is not encrypted with master password)
For each email account, the following fields are displayed: Account Name, Application, Email, Server, Server Type (POP3/IMAP/SMTP), User Name, and the Password…
Mail Pass View is free and it comes from one of our most trusted software developers, Nirsoft. For more information and/or to download Mail Pass View visit this page.
If you do all your email from within your Web browser (Outlook.com, Yahoo.com, Gmail.com) you might find WebBrowserPassView useful. You can get more info and or download WebBrowserPassView here .
Additionally, most Web mail like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, have a password recovery link on the page where you sign in. You can use that link to re-set your password for any Web mail account.
A reminder. Your security software may go nuts when you try to run either of the above programs; they can be considered hacking tools. But they’re made for you to use on your own computer – and not for anyone to hack someone else’s PC.
As long as you use them as intended, they’re great programs and pose no danger to your PC.