Step-by-Step Guide

Step 2: Tools you should use for Windows password testing

In the past, testing for Windows-based password weaknesses was somewhat difficult if not downright painful. However, new tools and cracking techniques have emerged in both freeware and commercial applications recently that help streamline the process and actually make it kind of fun.

In order to effectively accomplish the tasks outlined in the methodology above, it takes various tools. The following tools should at least be on your radar if not in your security toolbox:

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Using these tools in an ethical hacking methodology to find weak passwords on your Windows-based network is both an art and a science. I encourage you to check out the free password hacking chapter from my book Hacking For Dummies for more specifics.

Cracking network passwords

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Ethical hacking methodology
 Step 2: Tools you should use
 Step 3: What good are your findings?

Kevin Beaver is an information security consultant, keynote speaker, and expert witness with Atlanta-based Principle Logic, LLC where he specializes in performing independent security assessments.

This was first published in December 2005

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