5 tools to test your password security

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Dernière mise à jour: 17 mai 2024

Computer hacking is constantly evolving and the range of tools used today is very wide. here is 5 essential tools, regularly used by professionals to test password security.

If you are passionate about computer security and want to learn more, then one of these tools will definitely help you achieve your goal.

And if you hate hackers then it is better to know these tools to protect yourself from them. Consider making your passwords more difficult to crack by including upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

The 5 tools that I present to you here use two techniques: the dictionary and brute force.

Brute force consists in testing, one by one, all the possible combinations.

The dictionary is to test a series of potential passwords, one after the other, hoping that the password used for encryption is contained in the dictionary.
This method relies on the fact that many people use common passwords (for example: a first name, a color or the name of an animal).

1. Cain and Abel

Cain & Abel is a free tool. It runs under windows and it allows you to find various types of passwords using the dictionary, by exhaustive search or even via rainbow tables.

Download Cain & Abel

2. John the Ripper

John the Ripper is free password cracking software available under Linux, Unix and Mac OS

Download John the Ripper

3.Rainbow Crack

RainbowCrack runs on Windows et Linux. He uses the rainbow tabes which is based on the time-memory compromise technique. This technique is different from brute force attack and it greatly reduces the time required to crack a password.

4. Brutus

This is probably the easiest tool to use. It works under Windows and it is fast and flexible. It hasn't been updated in months but may still be useful. The archive password is darknet123.

Download Brutus

5. Aircrack-ng

Aircrack-ng is a suite of wireless network monitoring software whose primary use is to “crack” WEP and WPA keys from WIFI networks. This software works under Windows et Linux but certain almost essential functionalities are impossible under Windows (packet injection for example).

Download Aircrack-ng