We’re all for strong security, so don’t take this as a complaint, but why does it have to be so hard to retrieve wireless networking passwords on Windows? Surely there should be an easier way to locate and store these important bits of information?
SterJo Wireless Passwords is a free Windows utility which aims to do just that. You can download either an installable or portable version (which you can carry around on a USB stick), and from then on all you need to do is fire it up and bingo, your passwords will be instantly available to you. They’re displayed on screen, and can also be copied to a file for safe keeping or printing.
The software works by scanning your network and will automatically pick up all of your saved passwords as well, which is great if you regularly use a number of locations and networks (e.g. work, home, cafe etc) and have problems keeping track of the connections when you upgrade computers or use a different device. It’s simple, free and works and is a valuable tool to add to your tool box.
[Update: I installed the portable version which was clean, but you may want to avoid the other installable version, because it seems to come with some unwanted additional software. See comments]
Anything like this for the ipad or iphone?
Only with the Cydia app store if they’re jailbroken (there’s a WiFi Passwords app I believe).
It also tried to install a bunch of potential spyware, toolbars, search bars, etc. No thanks.
Erm..really? It absolutely didn’t for me.
Yep, the installer downloads additional stuff which turns out to be “InstallManager.exe” which got flagged by my av as malware,
Oh right. I just remembered that I installed the Portable version, which is what I always do if it’s offered. That one seems to have installed clean. I’ll update the post.
OK, so I contacted the author and he replied very quickly to me (which is a good sign). His response is below:
Only the installer has an optional ads but this easy could be avoided by
clicking “Decline” button when the ads are shown and the installer will
You are not obligated to install those additional software which I’ve
explained in my FAQ section:
http://www.sterjosoft.com/faq.html (question nr.8)
Those ads are not a virus/Trojans and that the reason I’ve digitally signed
my installer and exe file.
If anyone hesitates about this I’ve included a portable version also
digitally signed and I take the full responsibility about my software.