Converting SecureString to String

by Apr 29, 2019

Sometimes it can make sense to convert a SecureString back to a regular string, for example because you have used the shielded input provided by Read-Host:

$secret = Read-Host -Prompt 'Enter Keypass' -AsSecureString

This prompts the user to enter secret and now the input is a SecureString:

PS> $secret

To make it plain text again, use the SecureString to create a PSCredential object, which comes with a method to decrypt the password:

$secret = Read-Host -Prompt 'Enter Keypass' -AsSecureString
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