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Easy password recovery with these five applications

Free Word Excel Password Recovery Wizard 2

In preparation for testing this tool, I assigned a five digit password to a Microsoft Word document. The tool allows you to configure the lengths of the passwords that you want to attempt. I configured the utility to perform a brute force crack using only five digit passwords. The crack completed successfully in less than ten seconds.

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52 comments
lilyblack619
lilyblack619

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lilyblack619
lilyblack619

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frank
frank

i wouldn't call the slideshow confusing just needlessly time consuming to navigate. Like many others if there is a blog entry for the same thing I immediately go to that because it is so much easier to follow.

Ravenn
Ravenn

How do you see the other 4 apps? I can see the first one ok but that's it

JMJ.conseil
JMJ.conseil

I do agree with all comments posted before! In a more general way, I really appreciate your informative emails, but I'd be quite happy if the embedded link leaded me directly to the blog instead of the gallery, which is neither handy nor pleasant to read...

laurib16
laurib16

This is very hard to read. Please re-post!

scamp55
scamp55

I don't like galleries. Article or blog please. The option to view as a blog doesn't work.

KingYoda
KingYoda

a quick note / comment, you state that you made a password of 1234 thats cool that it took lets say 5 seconds to crack it, "Just" how good is it really, with a major password, upper, lower case and numbers all mixed up, lets try say 15 letters and number and see how long if at all it can crack it

Gisabun
Gisabun

Seems to me TR is telling people to crack any software they find. Next they'll show us some nice hacking tools.

downtoearthman
downtoearthman

I think you are making a real UI mistake by putting these in a clickable slideshow. I't not even a slideshow, it's another page. It's a pain and it's to slow to click through your 5 or 10 whatever. I always click on the gallery link. You should make the gallery default.

hurtster1
hurtster1

I thought techrepublic had a policy prohibiting password cracking information on the site? At least I thought so- hmm.

mikifinaz1
mikifinaz1

What the )I{IP{F! How about putting the blog link in like the other writers. I hate this format! I can read faster and this format JUST WASTES MY TIME! I would expect that you would make it easy for your readers to get to the blog.

jaymcnab007
jaymcnab007

I agree with other posts, this is a very confusing and frustrating format. Still have not seen the other 4 great apps....

AES2
AES2

I've seen other web sites that load an entire gallery in a reasonable time and have fast switching between pages thanks to some JavaScript magic. These galleries, on the other hand, take forever to reload their ads and other ancillary stuff every time, making them so aggravating that I usually dismiss them long into loading the second page but before its main content is readable. Even on a fast cable link the server coughs up its material so slowly that one has to be really motivated to sit and wait sometimes for a substantial fraction of a minute per page.

rfairchild
rfairchild

I am in 100% agreement with 'ScubaClimber'! I always click the blog post link to read these. The Gallery view is annoying. BTW - The link for the blog post is still not fixed. On a positive note, the Techrepublic artilces are great and I really find a lot of useful information.

dfields
dfields

That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!

gitmo
gitmo

Let us set it up in our profile which way we prefer. I really dislike the gallery mode.

batnet
batnet

Shouldn't "This gallery is also available as a post in the Five Apps Blog." be linked to the blog itself?

grh
grh

Please make the Blog the default or at least the option in the email to choose. I hate the gallery style, so slow and confusing. Pretty please :) :) :)

gmv4653
gmv4653

This subject has been brought to Tech Republic on numerous occasions and it never changes. The only answer I can come up with is that by forcing a page refresh for every image, TR gets a better revenue stream from advertising than if we were allowed to go to a blog and see it all at once. TR: Please make the blog the default in future articles.

LedLincoln
LedLincoln

If a topic is presented in "gallery" form, I usually skip it. A site like TechRepublic should not have such a clunky, clumsy web design. No site should, for that matter.

labrax
labrax

I always click on the blog post or the article as I find the galleries to be less useful and far more frustrating to deal with. I have stopped looking at this article due to the fact that I could not find an active link to the blog post.

rramsdell
rramsdell

I been an read only member for quite a while and I agree that this should be an option not the default.

chris.hale
chris.hale

I agree with the posts above, where's the point in reloading the page five times to read the article? Please can we have the blog post as the default view so it can be read on one page?

EthicalLoner
EthicalLoner

Sloppiness breeds sloppiness. NOT Jack! So.. Oh Brien, Brien, Brien.

Prisoner6
Prisoner6

Yup, no link to Blog. I wish there were an option to always get these already linked to the Blog version. The gallery version is to clumbsy to use. Each advance means a bunch of scrolling to see the pic and read the text and waiting for the next one to load. very time consuming.

EthicalLoner
EthicalLoner

Rehashing and reviving old TR blog material just doesn't pay does it. You are either way too busy or ??? Sloppy work Jack. Not the sort I have come to expect from you.

lmarks
lmarks

Did you actually set up a network sniffer (e.g., Wireshark) and confirm that no parts of your confidential Word document were sent across the internet when you tested "Word Password Recovery Master?" If not, your review was not sufficiently thorough.

jsargent
jsargent

Who creates a password of 1234? Of-course it broke in in less than a second because the application has a list of dumb passwords. Give a decent test and not a dumb password test.

dounowhoiam
dounowhoiam

You didn't include chntpw, which freely resets Windows passwords even on a miniture USB stick or by using a Linux-based distro.

imsoscareed
imsoscareed

Wow, a four character password of 1234. I stopped reading at that point. Any password cracking program would crack that in seconds. It's one of the first entries in the dictionary. And you think you should be talking about technology?

PeteHol
PeteHol

Please make Galleries the option not default. They are very inefficient due to the re-load of the whole page

paulm
paulm

First zip one released 2005 Password cracker doesn't support 2007-2010 files Password crack uploaded 2008 You don't even warrant proper sentences - seriously?!! Is this really worth writing about in 2013 ?!!

ScubaClimber
ScubaClimber

Yes, the link is not clickable. This prompts me to make this comment... I find the layout of these Five Apps emails VERY confusing, so I ALWAYS immediately click on the link to get to the blog format so that I can quickly scan through it and see whatever the 5 things are. I would certainly vote that the email be changed so that whatever the 5 things are for that particular email is more directly accessible from the email without having to do this. If any of the rest of you readers out there agree with this, please comment. Perhaps folks at TechRepublic will get the message. For the record, I will say that the consider the various technology emails I get from TechRepublic to be some of my best sources of information, so folks, keep up the good work!

MWRose
MWRose

Link is not clickable -- Few things in life are more frustrating

Adrian Watts
Adrian Watts

Then again i must be old to get it. "May the schwartz be with you!"

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

The missing link was my oversight. With regard to the gallery vs. blog post question - currently more readers view the gallery than view the blog post - it is a very consistent result. Very soon we will have a new gallery view which should make viewing much more pleasant. We can try an experiment - in the newsletter I can provide a link to the gallery and the blog version - the choice will provide me (and the managing editors) some specific feedback.

Lynn Aeon
Lynn Aeon

Default should be Blog not Gallery! This complaint has been posted for years and they still have not listened. 95% of the comments here are to that and not the posted information.

peter.a.barry
peter.a.barry

Me too - I don't like the slideshow either. A few years ago it used to be the other way using a post/blog or whatever. It is a real deterrent at work having to wait for constant reloads

life256
life256

I completely agree! I cannot stand the slideshow or whatever they call it. Blog format is 100 times more user friendly and easy to digest. Not too mention I don't have to wait for the page to constantly reload.

dkaparunakis
dkaparunakis

if you have a password more elaborate they are going to tell you to live your life and come back when you are a grown old man... :-)

maj37
maj37

Which is especially sad for me because I didn't really care about this article I just wanted to get to the five apps blog to look for something else. Oh well.

lmarks
lmarks

If they show you the gallery, they get to show you (and collect for) five times as many ads!

hug.login
hug.login

it is a matter of minutes to un-protect it or make the VBA project inside viewable. No tools required for that.

alexisgarcia72
alexisgarcia72

I agree. Zip, RAR, Excel, Word and Powerpoint password cracks can take a lifetime if you use complex passwords.

maj37
maj37

Saved me a little searching.