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Computer Help: Password Recovery

09.27.2012 · Posted in Computer Software
When it comes to computer help, the most common problem facing users is when they've lost the password to their account. Alternatively, you can instead use some password recovery tools developed for helping the less technologically savvy to get their inaccessible accounts back. ...
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When it comes to computer help, the most common problem facing users is when they’ve lost the password to their account. Having a strong password is par for the course nowadays. After all, hacking is rampant and the worldwide web affords hackers easy access to any computer on the globe that’s connected to the web. When you come up with passwords, you need something that’s dependable and won’t be easily guessed. You can’t type in “password” or “swordfish” as your password, that’s just asking for trouble. You’re not being witty by typing in six asterisks as your password either. Birthdays and whatnot are out of the question too because anyone can look up your online profile nowadays and use that information against you.

When Account Passwords Become Too Strong

However, there are certain people who come up with passwords that are so strong… that is, they feature a seemingly random string of alphanumeric characters that’s hard to guess by even the savviest of hackers… they immediately forget them after not logging into their account for a long time. Whole email and website accounts have been lost this way. You’re in big trouble if the password you’ve lost is for an important account, like a web account you’re using for work or an account to allow access to your PC. If you’ve been locked out by your own hard-to-remember password, you should keep calm and not worry too much. There are solutions around this.

If it’s an account related to your work, then all you have to do is ask the IT department of your company to reset the password so that you can create a new one and gain access to your account once more. The IT personnel should have administrator privileges that allow them to bypass accounts in ways that a mere employee couldn’t. Besides which, not allowing workers administrator privileges is standard practice in companies these days because it helps them protect their own employees from themselves; the deadliness of human error cannot be underestimated.

Losing or Forgetting Your Password in Administrator-Privileged Accounts

You’ll have a harder time cracking through a computer administrator account, though. You can’t reset it because you’re the administrator and you’re the one who has forgotten what your password is. Maybe you’ve written it on a piece of paper, but lost the paper. As a side note, if your password is so complex that you need to write it down on a piece of paper to remember it, then maybe your password is too strong for your everyday use. You’ll probably need some advanced hacking skills to get through the predicament of losing your password to an account with administrator privileges.

Alternatively, you can instead use some password recovery tools written by white-hat hackers (the “good guys” of the hacking world who hack for the sake of improving the security of a given network or website) developed for helping the less technologically savvy to get their inaccessible accounts back. Several highly recommended password recovery tools include Ophcrack (a Windows password cracker, arguably the best one around), Cain and Abel (allows you to recover passwords of accounts other than the account you’re using), LCP (works just like Cain and Abel), and Offline NT Password and Registry Editor (a password reset tool instead of a password recovery tool).

I hope this article will help solve your password issues. If you need additional assistance, please contact your local computer help center. If you live in or around Washington Missouri, which includes Union, Eureka, Sullivan, Chesterfield and St. Louis, Missouri, feel free to contact Cybertooth Tech for all your password recovery needs.

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