String of characters that allows access to a computer, interface, system or application.

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What can I do if I forgot my Windows password?

I got a brand new Windows 7 machine, installed the operating system, created one account and forgot its password. What can I do? There is no external CD, the operating system is loaded from somewhere ...
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7answers
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How do I reset the Windows XP Administrator password?

I have forgotten the Administrator password of my Windows XP installation and locked out. Is there a way to reset it? I do have physical access to the PC.
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Reset or remove the BIOS password on my laptop

I have a laptop but forgot the BIOS password. I cannot go beyond the BIOS password screen and need to continue. Is there any way I can reset or even remove the BIOS password on my laptop?
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5answers
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Bypass BIOS password set by faulty Toshiba firmware on Satellite A55-S1065 laptop?

I want to rescue this 7 year old laptop that has been crippled by a glitch in its BIOS: 'A "Password =" prompt may be displayed when the computer is turned on, even though no power-on password has ...
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8answers
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Can I force Google Chrome to remember passwords?

Is there a way to force Google Chrome to remember passwords for sites that have autocomplete turned off? Clarification: I am a programmer, but ideally, I'd like a method that I could help regular ...
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4answers
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Lost my Windows 7 admin password, need to change or reset it [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do if I forgot my Windows password? I forgot the Windows 7 password on my new computer and I can't log into it at all. I was the administrator for the computer ...
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Removing the password from a PDF file

I have a couple of ebooks as PDFs with passwords, however my ebook reader (sony prs600) doesn't seem to support PDFs with passwords. What is the easiest of removing the password from a PDF (I know ...
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Password protect a folder

What are the available options for password protecting a folder? I'm talking about requiring a password to actually access the folder, not just user access rights. Is the third-party software out ...
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3answers
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Does Windows 7 allow auto-login with a stored password, like TweakUI did?

The TweakUI powertoy for Windows XP had an option to auto-login. It stored your password and did the login for you. This was useful, since you kept password protection, but had login programs loaded ...
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BIOS Hard Drive Password Security?

I have a Dell Latitude E6400 and I would like to know how secure setting a BIOS HDD Password is? Does this apply some form of encryption to the contents of the drive or is it just some simple lock on ...
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2answers
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Remove password from an Excel Document

I'm providing internal support and one of our users has managed to put a password on an excel file by accident, I've done the proper checks to make sure that the user should have access to the ...
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3answers
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Windows 8 locked because the password were lost, how can I change it without needing to reinstall it?

I installed Windows 8 on my mother's notebook, she typed a new password for her and she lost it, she can't remember what she typed and no notes about it were made(my fault), now her Windows 8 ...
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Why would an incorrect password attempt take a lot longer to process than a correct one?

The most prominent place I've noticed this is when SSH-ing at work, but I feel like I've observed this behaviour elsewhere too. When I try to log into Linux servers from my Windows desktop at work, I'...
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1answer
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Password reset programs only find passwords from one OS on a dual-boot system

I have an Acer laptop with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I need to reset the passwords on Windows Vista, but the password reset programs I have tried only find the Windows 7 passwords and not the ...
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3answers
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Windows 7 Encrypt Folder with Password

First of all, I am not on Windows 7 at the moment but will be in the next few days. I'd like to know if there is a way for me to encrypt a folder to prevent unwanted access, but still provide ...
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2answers
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Can I set my Windows to boot without stop on password verification even when having a password set? [duplicate]

Is there some way to configure Windows 7 to boot up without asking for a password (on password check phase) even if I have a password set on my account? What I wan't to do with it, is boot up ...
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How do I remove the “eye symbol” from password fields in Windows 8?

While I was entering my password in Gmail and other mail accounts, I could see a symbol of an "eye" in the text box. This is really dangerous because once you click on the eye, your password is ...
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Change the password Windows 7 has stored for a wireless network

I have a new laptop which I used to connect to the guest network in our house. I typed in the wrong password at login and now I cannot type in the correct one. How can I clear or change the password ...
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4answers
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Change Windows 8 login from Live id to local account

Windows 8 asks for my Live login details when I login - I'd prefer to use a local password separate from my Live password. Is it possible to use a local password? What do I lose out on if I don't use ...
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Hide users from Mac OS X Snow Leopard logon screen

Somehow, I managed to set a passwd for my _postgres user on my OS instead of setting it on the postgres role I have as my superuser / root. Anyways since this, I've been struggling with that user ...
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1answer
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How do I recover the password of a RAR file on Mac OS X?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.2 and have been handed a couple of old files that need to be extracted. Old backups or finances or bills I believe. They are RAR files, and password protected. Is there a way ...
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Why do I need to enter a password for the Default Keyring to unlock?

When I log into Ubuntu, I am prompted every time to: Enter Password for Default Keyring to Unlock I want to avoid this step since I am the only person using this machine and I see no reason to have ...
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Turn off Automatic login with Windows 7

I setup my Windows 7 to automatically log into my account at home. I have a password set so that I can access it remotely. It seems like this was a feature in control panel somewhere, but now I can'...
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How to get a stored WLAN “password” from Windows 7?

I'm trying to connect to my friends wireless network, but we don't know the password (ie. network/WEP/WPA key). The WLAN is secured by WPA2. My friend's laptop with Windows 7 connects automatically ...
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Remove a user's password using “net” command'

is it possible to remove a user's password using the net command? I tried "net user <name> *" and just hitting return twice, but this does not work as expected. Is there any other way to do ...
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How to enable autologon in Windows 7

I have tried typing the following: control userpasswords2 however it only brings up the control panel.
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Are saved Remote Desktop credentials secure on the local machine?

Are saved Remote Desktop credentials secure (loosely speaking) on the local machine? They aren't stored as clear text anywhere at least, are they? Edit: I understand the inherent risks of saving ...
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1answer
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How are windows passwords handled?

I am looking for good informations about how windows handles the passwords of its users: Which algorithms are used (which hash, do they use salt, ...) Where are the passwords stored Are there known ...
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no administrator password for Windows 7

I'm a secretary and my boss set up my new Windows 7 OptiPlex 7010 (Dell) computer for me while I was on vacation (he does not remember setting any "administrator" password). We are a small office so ...
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forgot wireless password

If you have a laptop running XP that is able to connect to a wireless network fine, but you don't know the password it's using, is there any way to find it out so that a second laptop can also connect?...
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How do I securely store and manage 180 passwords?

I have about 180 passwords for different websites and web services. They are all stored in one single password protected Excel document. As the list gets longer I am more and more concerned about its ...
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7answers
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7-Zip doesn't ask me for a password for a ZIP file I encrypted while double-clicking it

I just tried to encrypt a folder with 7-Zip by a command line, choosing a password, but when double-clicking on the ZIP file, it shows me the files list without asking any password. Is there a way to ...
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2answers
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Is there any way to change the password of the current user account using the command line?

Are there any commands for the Windows command line which allows you to change the password of the account? What about without using the current password? (I saw a video about it once and it worked ...
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Is it feasible to crack ZIP passwords?

I have a piece of software I have to install on company laptops. The installer needs a serial to work properly, but I don't have it (my manager isn't here so I can't ask him). The installer tells me ...
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3answers
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How do I reset my Mac OS X password without an install disk?

My friend has a MacBook (13-inch Late 2007) which was setup by someone else. He can use the computer (he's never turned it off) but has forgotten his password. To make matters worse, home is a long ...
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How good is Word's password protection? [closed]

I have a password protected MS-Word 2007 file that needs to stay private. How good is Word's protection? If it's not very good, can you suggest a better method for keeping the file protected? EDIT: ...
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2answers
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How to switch users without entering password

I'm a newbie running Ubuntu 9.10. I have two users (wife and me), and each user's screensaver is set to lock so that on wakeup, we get to choose which user's desktop to go to. However, Ubuntu requires ...
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Password Protecting Partitions on an External Hard Drive

I'm looking forward to the suggestions I get back on this one. Here's the rundown: I'd like to have an external hard drive to use as a backup for my household. Ideally I'd like to be able to take ...
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1answer
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Recovering a password for a Word 2007 document [closed]

I have an old Word 2007 document that I don't remember the password for. I'm guessing a brute force attack is the way to go to get it open. Anyone know of any free tools I can use to do this?
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2answers
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Remove Toshiba laptop BIOS password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bypass BIOS password set by faulty Toshiba firmware on Satellite A55-S1065 laptop? I have a Toshiba Satellite l500 laptop, when I power it on, it shows a black screen and ...
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How can clients easily and securely send me passwords? [closed]

I often need to get passwords from clients for FTP, SSH, MySQL, Authorize.net, etc. What's an easy way for them to send me passwords securely? Maybe even without them needing a login/password? ...
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Password manager for multiple computers? [closed]

Is there a password manager that I can use on multiple computers, to remember all the passwords I use on the sites I visit?
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How to password protect an external hard drive without encrypting it?

I carry my external hard drive around with me sometimes, and was wondering if there was a way to password protect the entire drive, with no hassles or anything, just a simple password protection...if ...
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5answers
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Firefox: Remember new passwords without prompting

How can I make Firefox automatically remember all passwords without prompting?
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4answers
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How does Google Chrome store passwords?

Are they encrypted in disk? How? Are they safe, for example, in the event of someone booting from a Live CD and mounting the hard disk? How is the encryption key generated? Is it different in ...
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Store passwords in putty [duplicate]

How can I store my connection passwords in putty?
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4answers
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Make Windows forget a network connection password?

Is there a way to prevent Windows from remembering the network password after it connects? So that upon disconnecting Windows won't reconnect without re-entering password. What if I want it to always ...
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9answers
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Is there a way I can password protect a dropbox directory on my work pc?

I use dropbox a lot, and I'd like to start using my Dropbox account on my work PC, however I want to prevent anyone else from being able to access the files in my dropbox folder other than me on my ...
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Set a password that's not linked to my Microsoft account?

I have a really long password for my Microsoft account, and I don't want to enter that every single time I log in, so I was wondering if I could have a second, smaller password for just the computer ...
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RAR password cracker

Does the RAR file format use a serious encryption (such as AES)? Will it take unfeasibly long to brute force a password? If not, what tools do you suggest that do so automatically?