Make your PIN code more secure using three unique numbers – Cell Phones & Mobile Device Technology News & Updates With half of the adults in America now owning some sort of smartphone that has access to personal information, hackers are using some simple methods to discover the PIN numbers used to unlock devices. Instead of using high-tech equipment to run an attack, they are simply looking to see where the fingerprint smudges are in relation to the phone’s keypad, then entering the different permutations of the four numbers until they hit on the right one. However, by using an equally as simple method suggested by security expert, Karl Sigler, you can make it harder for someone trying to steal your information from a misplaced or stolen device.
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Password cracking tool instantly reveals cached passwords stored in popular applications Subscribe to SecurityWeek by RSS A Russian software company today released a password cracking tool that instantly reveals cached passwords to Web sites in Microsoft Internet Explorer, mailbox and identity passwords in all versions of Microsoft Outlook Express, Outlook, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail. Moscow based ElcomSoft, developer of the new password recovery tool, “Elcomsoft Internet Password Breaker,” says the product designed as tool to provide forensics, criminal investigators, security officers and government authorities with the ability to retrieve a variety of passwords stored on a PC. New Tool Reveals Internet Passwords
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This guest post was written by Blair Mathis from LaptopLogic.com – your premier source for the latest laptop software news and best laptop accessories. Computer passwords are like locks on doors – they keep honest people honest. If someone wishes to gain access to your laptop or computer, a simple login password will not stop them. Most computer users do not realize how simple it is to access the login password for a computer, and end up leaving vulnerable data on their computer, unencrypted and easy to access. Are you curious how easy it is for someone to gain access to your computer? If so, read on to see the technique one might use to figure out your computer password.
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Password Cracking Wordlists and Tools for Brute Forcing I quite often get people asking me where to get Wordlists, after all brute forcing and password cracking often relies on the quality of your word list. Do note there are also various tools to generate wordlists for brute forcing based on information gathered such as documents and web pages (such as Wyd – password profiling tool ) These are useful resources that can add unique words that you might not have if your generic lists. Also add all the company related words you can and if possible use industry specific word lists (chemical names for a lab, medical terms for a hospital etc).
High speed password cracking with John the Ripper John the Ripper has been out there for a long time, it’s a great tool for auditing passwords. How does it work, well simple: you take a password file with encrypted (or better hashed) passwords in it and give it to John. The program will first determine what kind of hash algorithm is used and will then start by taking normal words from an extensive wordlist and feed them one by one through the same hash algorithm. If the outcome matches with what is in the file that word is obviously the password.