Password cracking has the unique distinction of being an attack method that can break through both hardware and software defenses. A hacker can use a password to break through a network firewall from afar or they can break onto a laptop should one (God forbid) ever fall into their hands. Thus, password security is a topic that our site experts Kevin Beaver and Wes Noonan have to deal with on a regular basis. Below is a collection of recent password security questions they have answered. If you have a password question of your own that needs answering, don't hesitate to ask Kevin or Wes.
We recently had someone enter an office and locked down a hard drive with a password. We contacted Dell Support and they want the drive shipped to them. Our problem is the drive belongs to our HR department and they do not want it to leave to office. How do we get the password removed so the drive can be accessed by the HR department?
How can I crack the administrator password in Windows XP without a CD, floppy or any other kind of software?
I want to change my Windows password, but I can't remember it. Is there any way I can get around this?
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This was first published in September 2008