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Passwords have been around for almost as long as computersrnhave been. Even today, however, there are challenges associated with passwordrnuse. For example, a user might forget a password or require more granularrnsecurity than a standard login provides. Whatever the challenge, a number ofrnutilities are available for working with passwords.
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Windows Password Key Standard
Although some versions of Windows already have a built-inrnoption to create a password reset disk, Windows Password Key Standardrnsimplifies the process and works with multiple Windows versions.
Windows Password Key Standard sells for $19.95, but a freerntrial is available for download.
Kruptos 2 Professional
Kruptos 2 Professional works by setting up a data “vault.”rnUsers can protect files by moving them to the vault, which encrypts andrnpassword protects the files within.
Kruptos 2 Professional sells for $34.95, but a free trialrnversion is available for download.
2 Password probably should not be employed for day-to-dayrnuse because exposing passwords on screen can increase the chances of thernpassword being compromised. Even so, it does have its place. For example, imaginernthat an administrator wants to assign a complex, 32-character password to arnWi-Fi access point. A tool like this could help the administrator to avoidrnmaking typos when assigning the password for the first time.
Quicky Password Generator
The really cool thing about this tool is that you can use itrnto generate a single password or to bulk-generate large numbers of passwords.rnIf you create a large number of passwords, you can save them to a text file sornthat they can be imported by another program.
LastPass Password Manager
Upon completion of the password discovery process, you havernthe option of importing those passwords. LastPass will also manage anyrnpasswords you enter in the future.