Skills to Select and Manage a Computer Password

I: Password and Its Importance

What is a password? In the field of computer, especially network, a password can be said to be your key. Specifically, password is an easy way for computer to recognize you. In our daily life, we recognize a person by his or her appearance, sound and even handwriting, but for computer, it cannot see or hear us, at least most computers cannot do that so far, so is the password to help. In this way, a password is a secret only between you and the computer. The computer has known your username but it cannot be sure whether it is the real you or not. At this moment, you have to provide password to convince the computer of you. So if your password is known to others, this is like you giving your key and admission to others. If this occasion do happens, don’t worry, read on and you will be told how to deal with.

II: Inappropriate Password

I have no idea of what form your password is, but here are several types of common password inappropriate:

(1)    Use username as its password, for example, one’s user name is Asunsoft, and its password is Asunsoft as well.

(2)    Variants based on username, for example, one’s user name is Asunsoft, and its password may be Assoft, asft etc. or add some frequently used numbers or important date to it like Asunsoft2012, Asunsoft@2012 and so on.

(3)    Frequently used numbers like 0, 1, 123, 123456, 888, and 168 and so on.

(4)    Frequently used English words, especially those commonly used by computer and their simple changes such as abcdef.

(5)    Password indicates and specifies one’s personal information such as one’s birthday, name, spouse’s name or children’s name, telephone number, ID number or something like that.

(6)    New password desperately similar with the one you are going to be replaced.

Some people even set his or her computer brand or monitor brand as his password, which are applied largely and not safe at all. When we set a computer password, we should bypass them.

III: Bypass Password Dictionary

Password dictionary contains all possible passwords including your name, phone number and vocabularies in an English dictionary. If the password you set is included in password dictionary, it is just a matter of time for someone intended to crack. Generally, password dictionary consists of the following four categories:

(1)    Phone number. It can be your home phone, work phone, your mobile phone or pager.

(2)    Birthday. It is divided into 3 combinations: month-day, year-month and year-month-day, among which, year of birth can be two or four digits.

(3)    Name letters. It is divided into combinations according to the frequency of use like: consonant combination of name, Chinese surname or English name, Chinese name, Chinese surname adding combination of consonant of Chinese name, Chinese surname combined with English name.

(4)    English words and numbers. Password dictionary contains an English dictionary file English.txt which holds more than 50,000 words and another number dictionary containing frequently used numbers.

Password dictionary has set case format of entry and dictionary width. Commonly used username is generally 3 to 6 characters and commonly used password is 3 to 8 characters. Thus we can see that almost all inappropriate passwords we commonly used are contained in password dictionary. Besides, the capacity of password dictionary increases and the arithmetic speed of computer become quicker. So if your password is too simple one, it can be found out soon.

IV: Select Secure Password

Having known the above contents, don’t you think that there are still a lot to learn to select a password delicately? Then how can we find an appropriate password on earth?  Theoretically, the most secure one should be a combination of letters including capital and lowercase, numbers, punctuation marks and special characters randomly. In addition, a secure password shouldn’t contain information easily got by others nor too common words nor too short.

A good password should have features like the followings:

(1)    Contains 6 characters at least

(2)    Might as well contain non alphabetic characters like numbers and special characters, such as @, ~, *, &, # and so on.

(3)    Must be easy to remember without writing down.

(4)    Can be typed in quickly to avoid peepers identifying the characters without looking at the keyboard.

V: How to Manage Password

After you have picked an appropriate and secure password, you have to manage it well. Just as some people put their keys on the windowsill and granted that nobody else would know, but the truth is otherwise. And the best way to keep a password is to keep it in your mind instead of writing it down and keeping it in a specific location. But the paradox is that an appropriate and secure password to some degree is not that easy to remember merely by our memory. If we really cannot remember, we can write it down but should pay attention to the following points:

(1)    Never write username and its password together.

(2)    Change your password in certain manner easy for you to remember. You can add extra characters, change the order of characters or only write parts of your password down.

(3)    If you have to record the entire password, don’t put it in a conspicuous place especially in the monitor.

(4)    Fold up the piece of paper where you write down the password and put it in safe case or other secure places.

Conclusion: Reading here, I believe that you have a new understanding of how to select a password and how to manage your password. Sincerely hope this article can help solve your confusions. If you found your current password goes against some of the above rules, modify it now.

 

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If forgot Windows 8 PIN code, Picture password, System password what to do?

We can login Windows 8 with PIN code, Picture password or System password, but if you lost or forgot them accidently, what to do? Here we will discuss about the methods according the conditions we will meet with.

Windows 8 screen

Condition 1: Lost or forgot Windows 8 PIN code, but still can login to computer with Picture password or system password

In this case, you can login to computer with Picture password or system password to change the PIN code, and then you can login with the new PIN code you set next time.

Step 1: Get into Windows 8 screen with Picture password or system password.

Step 2: Press Windows key + I (or move the mouse key to the right-top corner) to open the settings.

Step 3: Click on Change PC settings.

windows 8 change pc setting

Step 4: On the PC settings, click on Users, and then click on Change PIN code.

change pin code

Step 5: Type in the system password to confirm, and then type in the new four numbers to be PIN code.

Condition 2: Lost or forgot Windows 8 Picture password but still can log on computer with PIN code or system password

On this case, you can get into your Windows 8 computer with the PIN code or system password to change the Picture password.

Step 1: Get into Windows 8 computer with PIN code or system password.

Step 2: On the PC settings, click on Users, and then click on Change Picture password.

windows 8 change picture password

Step 3: Type in the system current password to conform, and then select a new picture and draw three features.

 

Condition 3: Lost Windows 8 system password but still can get into computer with PIN code or Picture password

On this condition, you can get into your Windows 8 computer with the PIN code or Picture password, and then reset your system password through command prompt.

Step 1: Get into your Windows 8 computer with PIN code or Picture password.

Step 2: Press Windows key +X (or click on the Start button) to open the Start Menu.

Step 3: On the Start Menu, click on Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt on start menu

Step4: On the Command Prompt screen, type in: Net User <your username> <new password>, and then press Enter.

reset forgot password with command prompt

Condition 4: Can’t login Windows 8 computer with PIN code, Picture password, event system password

If you are unfortunately lost System password, and event can’t login to computer with the Picture password or Pin code, it would be very frustrated. In this case, you can remove your Windows 8 password with a password reset program efficiently and quickly.

Here will take Vodusoft Windows Password Reset program for example:

Step 1: Get Vodusoft Windows Password Reset program from and accessible pc and install it.

install Vodusoft Windows password reset special

Step 2: Insert a USB into the accessible pc, select the USB device on the drop-down list, and then click on Burn to USB to create a Windows 8 password reset USB.

Burn to a USB boot disk

Step3: Unplug the USB disk, insert into your Windows 8 computer, and set the computer to boot from the USB boot disk.

Step 4: When the Vodusoft Windows Password Reset program comes up, you can follow the steps on it to remove Windows 8 forgotten password efficiently.

reset Windows 8 password with vodusoft special

Step 5: And then you can get into your windows 8 computer without password.

 

 

 

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How to Reset Windows 8 Enterprise Forgot Password

What to do if you forgot your Windows 8 Enterprise administrator or domain login password and locked out of your computer? It would be very frustrated when you are urgent to use it but can’t get into computer.

Windows 8 Enterprise forgot  password

1. Ask for help from people who are good at dealing with windows problem

If you are locked out of your computer and have no idea what to do, you can ask for help from others who are good at dealing with computer problems, such as:

(1) Take your computer to repair shop for repairing.

(2) Ask for help from your computer vendor.

(3) Restore your computer to factory mode or reinstall Windows by yourself.

2. Reset Windows 8 Enterprise forgot password with a windows password recovery program

If there is another accessible computer beside you, you also can get a password program to recover lost password. Many Password recovery programs on the internet for you, such as Vodusoft Windows password reset standard/special/enterprise version.

Detail steps how to use Vodusoft Windows password reset program to reset Windows 8 Enterprise forgot password:

Step 1: Download Vodusoft Windows password reset program from an accessible pc and install it.

Step 2: Insert a USB, select the USB device on drop-down list, click on Burn to USB to create a bootable USB disk.

Burn to a USB boot disk

Step 3: Set your Windows 8 Enterprise computer to boot from the USB boot disk.

  • 3.1 Restart your locked computer, and press the Boot Menu Key (F2 or other keys) repeatedly the soon logo flash.
  • 3.2 When the Boot Menu appears, move to the USB removable device, and then press Enter to set it boot.

select usb boot device

Step 4: When the Vodusoft Windows Password Reset program comes up, follow the instructions to reset Windows 8 Enterprise password.

  • 4.1 Select Windows 8 Enterprise from drop-down list, click on your user account.

Reset Windows 8 Enterprise forgot password

  • 4.2 Click Reset, click Yes to remove password; Take out USB device from your computer, click Reboot, click Yes to restart computer.

Step 5: When the password is reset successfully and get to the logon screen, log into computer with the new password you reset. Most of the password programs would remove your user account password directory, so you can login without password.

3. Get into your Windows 8 Eterprise computer with another user account

If you still can get into your computer with other account that has administrator privilege, you can reset your own password without a password program or reset disk. You can reset it directory with the Command Prompt.

Step 1: Get into your computer with other user account, press Windows + X to open the Start Menu, click on Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt on start menu

Step 2: On the black and white screen, type in: Net User <your user name> <the new password>, and then press Enter.

reset forgot password with command prompt

4. Crack forgot password with Windows 8 Enterprise password reset disk

If you have created a password reset disk from your Windows 8 Enterprise computer before forgot password, you can use it to recover the password easily.

You just need to insert the password reset disk into your locked computer, and restart it to the logon screen, type in a wrong password, press Enter, and then click on OK;

click on OK

Below the password text box, you can see the Reset password… link, click on it, and then follow the password reset wizard to finish the steps.

Windows 8 click on reset password

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I can’t remember my laptop/desktop computer password

“I can’t remember my Asus laptop password, and have no reset disk, can I get into my Asus computer without password? If can, how? Can anybody give me any details? Thanks in advance!” — Question from Carl.

I forgot my Windows 8 password on my Asus desktop computer too, a few days ago. I have no reset disk and can’t get into computer with other administrator password, so I remove my windows password with a USB boot disk that created by a Vodusoft Windows password reset program. And then get into my Asus computer without password.

Here I am glad to share with my experience how to use Vodusoft Windows password reset standard program. This method can works on all of the laptop or desktop computers, such as Dell, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus.

Step 1: Download Vodusoft Windows Password Reset Standard program from an accessible computer and install it.

Download Vodusoft Windows Password Reset Standard program free trial version

Step 2: Insert a USB, click on USB device, and then click on Begin Burning to create a USB boot disk.

burn to a usb boot disk

Tips:

Before to be created a boot disk, the USB will be initialized, make sure there are no important data on the USB or backup the data on it.

Step 3: Take the USB, insert into Asus computer, and set it to boot from the USB boot disk.

How to set Asus computer to boot from USB boot disk?

  •  3.1 Restart Asus computer, and press the BIOS Entry Key (F2) repeatedly during the boot process.
  • 3.2 When get into Asus BIOS settings, click on Advanced Options, and then move to the Boot Menu option (or click on the Boot Menu option).

move to the boot menu

  • 3.3 On the Boot Option, select the USB boot disk, and then set it to the first boot option.

Step 4: When the Vodusoft Windows password reset program sets up, select Windows system, and your user account.

Step 5: Click Reset, Yes to remove password; Click Reboot, Yes to save change and restart computer.

remove the forgotten password

If you still can get into computer, you can open the Command Prompt, type in the command: Net User <user name> <new password> to reset password.

If the Methods above do not work for you, and you do not know what to do, ask for help from your computer vendor, or take your computer to repair shop for repairing.

If reinstall windows, have a think about that if there are important data on your computer hard disk, if have, please backup the important data first.

If can’t remember Windows 8 Password what to do

Can’t remember your Windows 8 password? If you still can get into your computer with administrator privilege, reset the password easily by yourself without any program and device. If not, remove or reset the forgotten password with password software in case data lose.

can't remember windows 8 password

Solution 1: Get into Windows 8 and reset forgot password without software and device

When you can’t remember your Windows 8 system password, you still can get into the system with picture password, PIN code or Microsoft account. Steps to do:

Step 1: Get into your Windows 8 computer with PIN code or Picture password that you have created.

Step 2: Right-click on Start button or press Windows +X to open the Start Menu.

Step 3: Right-click on Computer, select Manage (or click on Computer Management directory).

windows 8 computer management

Step 4: Expand the Computer Management panel: System Tools\Local Users and Groups\Users.

reset windows 8 forgot password

Step 5: Double-click on Users to open the user list, right click on your user account, select Set password…

Step 6: When the hint message pups up, click on Proceed to continue.

click proceed

Step 7: Type in the new password to reset password, you also can let it blank to remove password. Follow the wizard to finish the steps.

Note:

If you are not local user and have no administrator privilege, you can’t change the password with this method.

 

Solution 2: Can’t remember Windows 8 password, and locked out of computer

Vodusoft Windows password recovery special version can help to reset or remove Windows 8 password efficiently and safely without any data lose, it also can help to add or delete user account on Windows 8 computer.

Here will mainly show you how to remove or reset Windows 8 password with Vodusoft Windows password reset special:

Step 1: Download Vodusoft Windows password reset program and install it on an accessible computer.

Vodusoft Windows password reset program special version free trial download

Step 2: Insert a USB or writable CD/DVD into the computer, and then click on Burn to USB (or Burn to CD/DVD that depends on what removable device you insert).

Burn to a USB boot disk

Step 3: When the bootable password reset disk is burning successfully, take it out and then insert into your Windows 8 computer.

Step 4: Restart pc and then set your Windows 8 computer to boot from USB drive or CD/DVD.

Step 5: When Vodusoft Windows password reset program comes up, follow the steps one by one on the wizard to do.

Windows 8 forgot password reset

Step 6: When the password is remove or reset, take out the removable device (USB or CD/DVD), and click Reboot, Yes to restart your Windows 8 computer. When get to the logon screen, logon with the password you reset.

 

Solution 3: Get your computer to repaired or restore windows 8 system

If you do not want to reset your Windows 8 password with the password reset program, and don’t be afraid of losing data on your computer, you also can:

(1) Take your computer to repair shop for repairing.

(2) Restore your Windows system to the early backup point if you have backup your system before.

(3) Reinstall your Windows 8 system.

(4) Restore your computer to factory mode.

 

 

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Can Windows 8 logon without password?

You can log into Windows 8 computer with Picture password, PIN code, Microsoft account, or system password. And if you have created a system password on your Windows 8 computer, then you can’t login without password, you have to login with one of the password you created. If you want to logon windows 8 pc without password, you have to remove the system password from it.

Windows 8 logon without password

Solution 1: No password to logon your Windows 8 computer? Ask for help from your computer vendor

If you just bought a new laptop/desktop pc installed with Windows 8 system, and you forgot to ask the vendor for password created on the Windows 8 system, just go back to ask them for help.

Solution 2: Still can log into your Windows 8 computer, just want to logon without password next time

Have created a system password on your Windows 8 computer, but now want to remove it and logon without password.

(1) Get into your Windows 8 computer, press Windows +X to open the Start Menu.

(2) On the Start Menu, click on Command Prompt (Admin).

click on Command prompt

(3) On the Command Prompt screen, type in: Net User <user name> “” to remove password from Windows 8.

remove windows 8 password

Solution 3: Can’t get into your Windows 8 computer, and want to logon without password

Forgot your Windows 8 password on computer? If you want to logon without password, you have to remove the password from it. But, what to do if you can’t get into the computer? You can’t remove the password with command prompt.

1. In this time, a Windows password recovery program is needed. Vodusoft Windows password recovery program can help you to reset or remove Windows 8 password efficiently and no any data lose.

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2. If you do not want to remove Windows 8 password with a password program, you can restore your Windows 8 system to your early backup point if you have backup your system before. You also can reinstall Windows 8 system or restore your computer to the factory mode. But this will cause data to lose, make sure to backup your important data before to restore or reinstall system.

 

 

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How to Use Chntpw to Reset Windows 8 Password

Chntpw, open source and free software, can help to remove/reset password on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8. Here, in this article will show you the details how to use Chntpw to reset Windows 8 password.

Step 1: Download Chntpw password reset Image file from net site: http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/.

Step 2: Use a CD/USB to burn the ISO image file to a boot disk.

  •  2.1 Insert a USB or CD/DVD into the pc where you download Chntpw, and run the Chntpw program.

Step 3: Set your Windows 8 computer to boot from the boot disk.

  •  3.1 Take out the boot disk (USB or CD/DVD), and then insert it to the Windows 8 computer that you want to remove or reset password.
  •  3.2 Restart the computer, press BIOS Entry Key or Boot Menu key to set up the Boot Menu.

Step 4: Reset or remove your Windows 8 admin password on the Chntpw program.

  • 4.1 When the Chntpw program starts, select your use name and remove password from it.

Step 5: Save the change and exit Chntpw program, reboot your Windows 8 computer.

Step 6: When get to the windows logon screen, you can log into without password.

Tips:

If it still rejects you with the message “user name or password is incorrect”, it means the Chntpw has failed to remove or reset your Windows 8 password.

 

At last, if the Chntpw password reset program doesn’t work on your Windows 8 computer, you can get the Vodusoft Windows password reset program to recover Windows 8 password efficiently.

Vodusoft Windows password reset standard trial version free download

 

 

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VMware (Virtual Machine) password reset/recovery

If you forgot VMware (Virtual Machine) password, this article will show you the methods to reset/recover forgotten password, no matter on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003, 2008 Virtual Machine.

If you still can get into VMware Windows with another user account that has Administrator privilege, then you can reset VMware (Virtual Machine) password without reset disk. So, try to have a look whether you still can login with other administrator accounts.

1. Open the Computer Management to reset VMware (Virtual Machine) password

(1) Get into the Virtual Machine pc with another administrator account.

(2) Click on the Start button to open the Start Menu, right-click on Computer, click on Mange to open the Computer Management.

(3) Click on System Tools →Local Users and Groups → Users.

(4) Double-click on Users to expand the user list, right-click on your user name, select Set password…

(5) When the password reset instructions pups up, click on Proceed, and then type in the new password and confirm password to reset a new password.

 

2. VMware forgot password reset with Net User Command

<1>. Get into VMware windows with other administrator account if you can.

<2>. Click on Start button, on the Start Menu list, click Command Prompt.

Tips:

If it is Windows 8 Virtual machine, select Command Prompt (Admin). If you can’t find the Command Prompt on the Start Menu directory, click on Run…, type in Command, and then press Enter.

<3>. On the Command Prompt screen, type in: Net User <user name> <new password>, press Enter to run the command.

 

3. VMware root forgot password recovery with password reset program

Step 1: Download a password reset software, such as Vodusoft Windows password reset program.

Vodusoft Windows password reset standard program trial version free download

Step 2: Install the password reset program, and run it with a USB or CD/DVD.

Step 3: Select the device, click Begin Burning to burn an ISO image file on your computer where you install the Virtual machine.

Step 4: Open your VMware, right-click on the Windows on the left of Virtual Machine, click on Settings.

Step 5: On the left of Settings screen.

  •  Click on CD/DVD (IDE), on the right panel, select Connected and Connect at Power on.
  •  Select Use ISO image file, and then select the Vodusoft Windows password reset ISO image fie on the Brower.

Step6: And then set the Power on to BIOS, and set VMware to boot from CD/DVD.

Step7: When the Vodusoft Windows password reset Wizard comes up, reset the Virtual Machine Windows password following the steps.

 

 

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Ophcrack not found Windows 7, 8 because doesn’t Work on them?

Ophcrack not found Windows 7, 8, because it doesn’t work on them? No, it can work on them. But if the password is too long or too complicated, Ophcrack LiveCD may not find it properly. That is also likely because there is something wrong during the process using Ophcrack.

 

Steps to recover Windows password with Ophcrack:

1. Download the appropriate Ophcrack LiveCD version for your system on your computer.

2. Download Ophcrack LiveCD ISO file.

3. Burn the Ophcrack LiveCD ISO file to a disc.

4. Insert the Ophcrack LiveCD disc into CD/DVD drive on the computer you can’t get in.

5. Restart your computer, and set your computer to boot from the Ophcrack LiveCD disc.

6. When your password is recovered, write it down, if the password is empty, you can login without password.

7. Remove the Ophcrack LiveCD disc, and then restart your computer.

8. Login Windows with the password Ophcrack LiveCD recovered.

 

If the user account you are looking for isn’t list, means Ophcrack didn’t find the user on your computer.

If the NT PWD field is blank on your user account, means the password has not been recovered yet.

 

The reasons for Ophcrack doesn’t work:

1. Download the wrong version of Ophcrack LiveCD.

2. The ISO file is not burned correctly, the Ophcrack LiveCD not work.

3. your computer is not boot from the Ophcrack LiveCD disc correctly.

4. Do not take out the Ophcrack LiveCD disc before restart computer, your computer boot from the Ophcrack LiveCd again.

 

If you have tried many times, but the Ophcrack still doesn’t work for you, you can try with other Windows password reset program, such as Vodusoft Windows password reset program which has friendly user interface and user guide.

 

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