Setting up email accounts in desktop email clients like Thunderbird or Outlook is usually a do and forget type of operation. Once the accounts have been setup they do not need any attendance or maintenance at all, unless the email provider happens to make changes to the system or you change your account password on the provider's website.
Sometimes email account information, such as the username and password, need to be retrieved. A user may want to configure the email account on another computer, a mobile device like a smartphone or access the email directly if the provider offers webmail as well.
Thunderbird, like most other email clients, hides the passwords by default, but provides an option to display them in the password manager. This is similar to the way the Firefox web browser handles stored passwords.
For added security, a master password can be configured that needs to be entered before the stored email account information can be accessed by the user.
To recover or change Thunderbird passwords do the following:
And that's how you recover or change passwords in the Thunderbird email software. As you can see, this can also be helpful to remove passwords and email account information that are no longer in use in the email client.
Since anyone can access the information if they have local access, it is highly suggested to select "use a master password" if others have local access to your computer.
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