If you didn’t already know it you should be aware that the password protection on your PC is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. There are things you can do to make it harder for anyone to get at your files, and we’ll come to that in a moment but first, at one time or another many of us forget our logon password. Faced with an inaccessible PC, some users resort to drastic action, like re-installing Windows.

There’s really no need, blanking the password using a special type of Linux boot disc is fairly straightforward. Cracking a password takes a little longer but again it’s easy enough if you know what to do, and one way is to use another Linux live CD boot utility called Ophcrack. Download the .iso file and use a utility like Imgburn to create a CD. Just boot the PC from the CD and watch it hack away at your password. Most times it only take a few seconds to crack a 4 – 6 character password otherwise it might take a few minutes but if you thought your PC was protected, think again, it’s scary stuff. More »

Password recovery tools are used to recover lost user and administrator passwords used to log on to Windows.

Password recovery tools are often called “password cracking” tools because they are sometimes used to “crack” unknown passwords by hackers. Legally cracking your own password is certainly a legitimate and often necessary practice!

Many Windows password recovery tools cost hundreds of dollars. Luckily there are a few completely free password recovery tools available that will help you recover forgotten Windows passwords fast!

Check out my list of the best free Windows password recovery tools available: More »