Lost Password Recovery Methods [2019 Updated]

Forgotten your password and stuck trying to recover it? Look no further. It may not always be easy to recover a password and if the protection procedure has been done with care, you will need one of the following methods to recover your password. These lost password recovery methods are useful in recovering any type of password.

  • Brute force attack

The brute force attack is the most popularly used password recovery method that simply means trying all possible character combination in place of the password. Although this method guarantees success, it is very time-consuming. This method might be useful for small password but is very difficult and time-consuming for longer passwords.

  • Dictionary search

This method uses a dictionary. To crack the password, you would need to try all the words in the dictionary. For this password recovery method, a Good Dictionary, also called a word-list is ideal. This type of dictionary also includes non-standard words like ‘qwerty’ which are often used as passwords. This method is fast and efficient. The only condition is that the password must exist in the dictionary. Although the probability of the password existing in the dictionary is not very high, this method must be tried before proceeding to the harder methods because the dictionary search does not take much time.

  • Smart force attack

This is a more advanced form of the brute force attack. This method assumes that the combination of characters is not meaningless and does not contain digits. This method is effective in cracking up to 11 character passwords, however is useless in machine-generated “random” passwords.

  • Password variation

The user could have typed an incorrect password and need to crack it. The mistake could be an error or typing the password with Caps lock on. To use this method, the user must remember the approximate appearance of the password but cannot recall it. In such a case, every possible variant of the approximation needs to be tried.

  • Automatic mode

This method is actually a combination of all of these methods. It uses the Dictionary Attack, Smart Force Attack and the Brute Force with different settings. If you do not want to go into the details of all the methods, the automatic mode does that for you.

From all the above mentioned methods, the Brute Force is the only method that guarantees success. None of them however, can be said to be the best. If you know anything about the password, like the beginning or the end, do enter that. The method you should use, therefore, depends on your requirements and all methods are useful.

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