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  • Is there a way for a user to retrieve his or her CURRENT password via email rather than reset it to the random new password?

    Thanks much for any help.

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  • WordPress does not save passwords. You could redesign the registration and login systems to do that though. It’s totally possible.

    The reason its not possible is WordPress stores passwords encrypted with MD5 and there is not a way to unencrypt them. Thus they have to be reset. The user can change the updated password back to the original password after they are back in the system.

    Moderator Mark Ratledge


    Forum Moderator

    Passwords are hashed in the database, so it’s easier to reset the password and then change it to something else in WordPress Dashboard/users/Profile. Resetting Your Password « WordPress Codex.

    that’s dumb… seems like an unnecessarily complicated process. A number of secure sites allow the ability to retrieve a current password rather than reset it to a complicated string.

    Oh well; thanks for your help anyway.

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