In Powershell if I want to hide the password in a script, I run this command:
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Read-Host -assecurestring | convertfrom-securestring | Out-File C:\tmp\password.txt

I get a popup, enter my password and the text file is created containing a very long string of characters. If I need to use the password in a script I use this:
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Get-Content C:\tmp\password.txt | ConvertTo-SecureString

This is convenient because I don't get password prompts when running scripts.

How can I do this on Linux, in a bash script?