PASSWORD RECOVERY

 

DO YOUR NEED A PASSWORD RESET DISK?

Absolutely YES!

You know your password, it is very unlikely that you will forget it. But what happens when you don’t notice cap locks is on or your fingers are on the wrong keys and you type it in wrong three times? You are locked out.

I have had people come in to the store I work at and ask if we can recover locked passwords for their PC. The answer is NO.

BACK-DOOR PASSWORD CRACKERS

“But I know there is a back-door program that you can use to get in. My friend told me about it.” Techs do not have a back-door program and  will not use illegal hacking software to recover your password. They want to keep their jobs.

If you do not have a password recovery disk the tech will suggest wiping your computer back to factory specs. This will erase all your files, including your pictures, your resume and that best selling novel you have been working on for the last four years.

If you do decide that I am wrong and that it is acceptable to get your friend to download one of the many password cracking programs available on the web try to make sure it isn’t malware that is going to infect your machine. If someone asks you to pay a lot of money for the program or to make your data accessible after you use the cracker, you have been had. Turn off your machine and take it to a certified tech.

 

DON’T PAY THE HACKER!

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WHEN TO CREATE A PASSWORD RESET DISK

 

The best time to make that Password Reset Disk is when you first get your computer but you can do it any time.

Creating a Password Reset Disk:

  1. Plug a flash drive into one of the USB ports on your computer.
  2. In the Search box on Windows 10 type in Create Password Reset Disk.
  3. Click on the link to the Password Reset Disk in the Control Panel and follow the Wizard instructions.

I advise not going too cheap on the flash drive. It doesn’t have to be super expensive but you do want a drive that will last. Some really cheap flash drives degrade, the drive becomes unreadable and the data is lost.

Create Password Reset Disk Windows 10

BACKUP DEVICES

WHY SHOULD I BACKUP MY FILES?

Backing up your computer is absolutely necessary.  If you can’t afford to lose a file, back it up. See my blog BACKING UP YOUR COMPUTER.

BACKUP HARDWARE

There are many hardware choices for backing up your files. I like External Hard Drives because of their large capacity. For partial backups, USB Flash Drives are convenient and portable.

Backing up to The Cloud has the advantage that it is offsite. It won’t be lost if disaster strikes your house or office.

 

External Hard Drives

  • These connect to a USB Port.
  • Can be used on Windows PCs and Macs.
  • Capacities from 500 GB to 4 TB (4,000 GB).
  • Good for backing up all your files.
  • Many have automatic backup software.

USB Flash Drives

  • Connect to the USB Port.
  • USB A Flash Drives can be used on Windows PCs and most Macs.
  • Micro USB Flash Drives can be used on Android Smart Phones and Tablets.
  • Lightning USB can be used on iPhones and iPads.
  • USB C can be used on MacBooks and 2017 MacBook Pros.
  • Be sure to get the one that fits yours device.
  • Capacities from 4 GB to 128 GB.
  • Good for saving your most important files.

The Cloud

  • This is a server bank of the corporation giving the service.
  • The Cloud is someone else’s computer.
  • Don’t put anything out there that you would not want your mother to see.

References:

PC Magazine Best External Hard Drives of 2017

USB Flash Drives

What is the Cloud and Where Is It?