Passwords are used by almost every computer user. You need a password to login to your PC at work, your email, your bank or EBay account. Passwords are a basic requirement for things to work in our information society. However there are certain problems associated with passwords that compromise their validity and role.
Most people use passwords that are very obvious (partners or children's names, DOB, plate number etc). Many people also do the mistake to keep written copies of passwords in their desks, wallets or even in their mobile phones or their email accounts.
If you need to access the email of a dismissed employee who did not provide his/her last valid password, if you need to check what your underage kid is doing on the internet, or if you need to unlock an encryption program as part of a police investigation, Strathclyde Forensics is here to help.
Password Cracking is the process of identifying a password, and is used in cases like the ones mentioned above.
Password Recovery is the retrieval of passwords that their owners have forgotten or lost.
We are using various methods of password cracking & recovery, from brute force to dictionaries and rainbow tables.
We can recover passwords from the following:
a Webmail accounts (i.e. Hotmail, Yahoo, Googlemail) a Email clients (i.e. Outlook, Outlook Express) a MS Office applications a PDF documents a ZIP and other compressed files a many other kind of files (please contact us for details)
Password recovery and cracking is sometimes a long procedure, and it is subject to the complexity, length and strength of the password, together with the integrity of the file examined. However Strathclyde Forensics is moving password cracking to the next level, by implementing Elcomsoft technology.