How To Reset Your Password on Vista with the Help of a USB Flash Drive

We often face situations where we forget Windows password or somebody had changed the password of our system. In such a situation either we have to install windows again or find a solution to reset the password so that we can use the system easily. In this post, I will show you how you can reset the password of Windows Vista easily with the help of your Flash Drive. The password reset file is of only 2Kb size so you can use flash drive with small storage capacity too. In this post I will use a Flash Drive of 1 GB.

How to Create Password Reset USB Flash Drive

First of all you have to create a password Reset disk, to create a password reset disk you must have an administrator account on Vista. Log in to your account and Follow these steps: –

Insert your USB Flash Drive in to the System

Once the Drive is ready to use, Click User Accounts and Family Safety link and then go to user Accounts.

On the left hand side you will see an option to create a Password Reset Disk as shown in Following Figure. Click on that link.

Vista Password Recovery

On Clicking that, you will see a Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, click Next . After that You need to select a portable media which in our case is our USB Flash drive as shown in Figure.

Vista Password Recovery

After that Click Next, and then it will ask for your current account password as shown in following figure.

Vista Password Recovery

After that Click Next, And Vista will start creating Password reset Disk, Once the status bar show 100% progress click Next and then Finish. Now you have your own Password Reset USB Drive which you can use to reset Password.

How to Use Password Reset USB Flash Drive

Now, you have your Password rest Flash Drive, You can use it in case when you forget your password.

On the Login screen, Insert Your USB Flash Drive and Click on password reset Link as shown in Following Figure.

Vista Password Recovery

The Password Reset Wizard Will open and then You have to select your Password Reset USB Flash Drive as shown in following figure and then click Next.

Vista Password Recovery

After that Vista, will ask you for a new Password as Shown in following Figure.

Vista Password Recovery

Type in Your New Password and Then Click Next and then Finish. Now the Password to Windows Vista has Been Changed and you can log in to the System With the help of your new Password.

This is a guest post by Gagandeep Singh. Gagandeep Singh, is Working as Internet Marketing Executive for Fortepromo, which Supplies Custom Flash Drives. These Imprinted Flash Drives which contains your logo are the best giveaway for your clients and to promote your brand in the market.

How To Crack PDF Passwords In Your Sleep

There are many reasons a PDF might be locked. The author may want to prevent unauthorized editing, or in the case of a magazine, the publisher may want to prevent readers from printing the online version. I honestly rarely have a need for this kind of thing, but it does come up, so when Eltima Software asked if I wanted to review a copy of their software, Recover PDF Password, I agreed. They also offered up a couple more free licenses to my readers, so read to the end to find out how to get a free license or cash.

Recover PDF Password

How it works
Like many password crackers, Recover PDF Password uses a “brute force” method to guess at a password. By this, I mean that it tries every combination over and over again until one matches. One thing I liked was that I could choose to exclude some of the more complete searching options like special characters ($%^&*, etc), numbers, or upper case letters to name a few. This speeds up the search incredibly at the risk of missing the correct password completely if it has one of these characters. To give you an idea of the speed difference, imagine you’re lucky enough to know that the password is six characters in length. To just try searching with the lower case alphabet, (if my math is right) the software has to try up to 308,915,776 possible character combinations (26 * 26 * 26 * 26 * 26 * 26). If you add in 26 upper case alpha + 10 numeric + 28 special characters, you get 90 characters total and 90 * 90 * 90 * 90 * 90 * 90 makes 5.31441e+11 (531,441,000,000) possible combinations to try. That’s about 1,720 times more than just lowercase alpha characters. Having the option to pick and choose is a big plus. Remember, too, that this is if you’re lucky enough to know the password length and it’s only six characters. The problem with cracking passwords is a matter of the time it takes, and this program does in hours what it would take you a lifetime to do on your own.

What I think is missing is the ability for the software to try dictionary words first. A good password will be a combination of upper and lower case alpha characters, special characters, and numeric digits, but let’s face it… too often, the password is merely “password” and a large portion of the rest are dictionary words. Using the method above, it might take 19 billion or so tries, give or take a billion, to conclude that the password is “password”. Trying all the 8-character words from a dictionary file would take somewhere in the tens of thousands of guesses. This is a feature I’d really like to see in any password cracking tool, as it should be used as a first pass, just in case.

My tests
First, I downloaded Recover PDF Password. The download took about a half hour, but I tried again (twice) later, and it came down in around 14 seconds both times. Then, I grabbed a random (locked) PDF from the web. I first tried with all the options on and was getting nowhere after a day. I decided to start over, telling it to try anything with lowercase characters and numbers from three to four characters in length. That went pretty quickly, eliminating all possibilities. Next, I moved on to 5-6 characters, which took a lot longer, as expected, due to the exponential growth in combinations to try. The program eliminated all 5-character combinations and then, about a third of the way through the alphabet, it recovered a 6-character password for me. The total search took 19 hours, 50 minutes, 28 seconds, and used about 50% cpu and 25MB of RAM pretty consistently.

After thinking about my wish that a dictionary file be used for the first pass, I decided to try a PDF with a password of “password” just for kicks. I grabbed one from Adobe’s site and set Recover PDF Password loose on it, trying only lowercase alpha characters and only with a length of 8. After about five minutes, it was estimating 100-108 days remaining.

Conclusions
First of all, it does what it says, so that’s good. At the $39.95 price for a personal license, it’s also within reach of anyone needing to recover a password on a PDF without breaking the bank. The down side is that a good password will take a very long time to crack, but that’s going to be true for any program, I guess. I’d love to see a dictionary file used, but it won’t make a difference for a secure password. The software is solid and complete with useful options to help save time and it’s worth the purchase as long as you can let it run in the background for a while.

UPDATE: Eltima Software tells me that they are now working on implementing the request for use of a dictionary file. That’s great news.

Get a free license
Want to try it out yourself or just have it handy for when you really need it? Eltima Software gave me two licenses to give away to readers. All you have to do to try for one is tweet with “http://Lnk.gd/ej” and “@joetech” and you’ve earned an entry. If someone re-tweets your tweet, you get another entry for every RT. Just to spice things up a little, I’ll throw in $20 (via PayPal) to a third winner. I’ll draw three twitter users at random from those who have entered. To collect, I have to be able to send you a direct message, so make sure to follow @joetech in case you win.

How to Crack the Account Password on Any Operating System

Learn How To Hack

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.

Password image

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.

Windows

Windows is still the most popular operating system, and the method used to discover the login password is the easiest. The program used is called Ophcrack, and it is free. Ophcrack is based on Slackware, and uses rainbow tables to solve passwords up to 14 characters in length. The time required to solve a password? Generally 10 seconds. The expertise needed? None.


Simply download the Ophcrack ISO and burn it to a CD (or load it onto a USB drive via UNetbootin). Insert the CD into a machine you would like to gain access to, then press and hold the power button until the computer shuts down. Turn the computer back on and enter BIOS at startup. Change the boot sequence to CD before HDD, then save and exit.

The computer will restart and Ophcrack will be loaded. Sit back and watch as it does all the work for your. Write down the password it gives you, remove the disc, restart the computer, and log in as if it were you own machine.

Mac
The second most popular operating system, OS X is no safer when it comes to password cracking then Windows.

The easiest method would be to use Ophcrack on this, also, as it works with Mac and Linux in addition to Windows. However, there are other methods that can be used, as demonstrated below.

If the Mac runs OS X 10.4, then you only need the installation CD. Insert it into the computer, reboot. When it starts up, select UTILITIES > RESET PASSWORD. Choose a new password and then use that to log in.

If the Mac runs OS X 10.5, restart the computer and press COMMAND + S. When at the prompt, type:

fsck -fy

mount -uw /

launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist

dscl . -passwd /Users/UserName newpassword

That’s it. Now that the password is reset, you can login.

Linux
Finally, there is Linux, an operating system quickly gaining popularity in mainstream, but not so common you’re likely to come across it. Though Mac and Linux are both based on Unix, it is easier to change the password in Linux than it is OS X.

To change the password, turn on the computer and press the ESC key when GRUB appears. Scroll down and highlight ‘Recovery Mode’ and press the ‘B’ key; this will cause you to enter ‘Single User Mode’.

You’re now at the prompt, and logged in as ‘root’ by default. Type ‘passwd’ and then choose a new password. This will change the root password to whatever you enter. If you’re interested in only gaining access to a single account on the system, however, then type ‘passwd username’ replacing ‘username’ with the login name for the account you would like to alter the password for.

Conclusion
There you have it – that is how simple it is for someone to hack your password. It requires no technical skills, no laborious tasks, only simple words or programs. The moral of the story? Encrypt your data to keep it safe. Don’t use only a password, but actually encryption, such as Blowfish or AES-128. There are a number of programs that can do this – TrueCrypt for Windows, or the native encryption found on Ubuntu, creating a disk image in Mac, etc.