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Recovering passwords through profile folders/files?

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Hi so I have a weird issue of changing my password for my email login via Thunderbird which caused to have access to my email lost. I was on firefox browser changing the password of my email through the provider's site. And for some reason I also thought it was a good idea to do the same on Thunderbird but do both options at the same time. I may have typed in an incorrect password on either one or some glitch happened but it was ages ago and now I use protonmail but I want to recover my old account back. I also contacted my service provider and said that they cannot recover my password due to their policy which is meant to be serious on privacy. I was looking at my thunderbird profile files and found a logs JSON file and two key DB files. The JSON contains my login information but it is decrypted and for the two I assume they are passwords and I have changed the password twice or made an imap. Is it possible to actually recover any passwords within any of the profile folders/files?

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IMPORTANT NEW INFO: And I forgot to mention that my firefox does not contain anything newer than my previous password before it was changed that day I lost access, when I had setup the new password other than the previous one. So it must be Thunderbird and I still have the entire Thunderbird profile. I always save passwords in Firefox and its hard for me not to forget to save because there is always a popup asking to save my password. Even trying to log in the provider's website my previous password is still saved. And if I do recall correctly the actual password change the day I lost access to my email was done inside Thunderbird but on the Firefox browser I remember not clicking to change the password but I just refreshed the page.

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I was on firefox browser changing the password of my email through the provider's site.

That is the correct way to do it.

And for some reason I also thought it was a good idea to do the same on Thunderbird but do both options at the same time.

It is usually better to just delete the old password Thunderbird has remembered. You'll then be prompted for the new password the next time it is needed.

I was looking at my thunderbird profile files and found a logs JSON file and two key DB files. The JSON contains my login information but it is decrypted and for the two I assume they are passwords and I have changed the password twice or made an imap.

Never ever attempt to edit these files. Use the Thunderbird GUI to look up or edit saved passwords. At the top right of the Thunderbird window, click the menu button > Options > Privacy & Security > Passwords > Saved Passwords > Show Passwords.

if I do recall correctly the actual password change the day I lost access to my email was done inside Thunderbird but on the Firefox browser I remember not clicking to change the password but I just refreshed the page.

I don't understand what that means. Did you change your account password or not? Note, you cannot change your account password using Thunderbird.

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