Passwords

How to crack a Windows password with Ophcrack Live CD

Posted on February 1, 2007. Filed under: Passwords, Windows |

Extremely impressed at the ease and speed with which the Ophcrack Live CD cracked my Windows admin password when I tested it out last a few weeks ago, I thought it might be useful to throw together a quick guide detailing how to use this powerful little utility.

Whether you need to recover the lost password to a Windows account, you’re looking to ensure that you’re passwords are secure, or you’re a super l33t h4x0r, the Ophcrack Live CD is a pretty useful tool.

After you download and burn the Live CD, the gallery after the jump will walk you through every simple step in the process.

+ How to crack a Windows password with Ophcrack Live CD [from Lifehacker]

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10 passwords to avoid

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Passwords, Security |

The Modern Life is Rubbish weblog lists the 10 most common passwords in the UK – a list that should serve as a good reminder of passwords you want to avoid.

As a bona fide Yank, I can tell that the list has a bit of a UK slant, but the general ideas behind these passwords are pretty universal. Of the top 10 passowrds, 3 of the are numerical/ordered keyboard inputs (‘123’, ‘123456’, and ‘qwerty’); 4 are popular names (first names or popular sports teams); and 2 are sort of password jokes/gimmes (‘letmein’ and ‘password’). Granted, I think most Lifehacker users know how to choose great passwords), but think of this as a little reminder. If you find that a password of yours fits into one of the three categories above, you might want to tighten up the screws on your password security.

+ Top 10 Most Common Passwords [Modern LIfe is Rubbish]

+ Google Cache of Top 10 Most Common Passwords [site has been down intermittently]

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