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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Internet Password Breaker - yet another reason to encrypt your laptops

Elcomsoft just released their new version of Elcomsoft Internet Password Breaker which now supports Chrome, Opera, Safari and Firefox. In essence the program can recover passwords, sensitive form data and so on that users have conveniently stored in their browsers for the past, oh, several years. Furthermore, the tool can now instantly recover Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail account info, user IDs, passwords and cached forms.

Here's a screenshot of the new version 2.0:





















Using the tool is as simple as loading it up, selecting which browser or other type of account you want to recover sensitive information from and you're off. It's that easy.

Looking at this from a malicious user's perspective, imagine the damage that can be done when just one seemingly benign laptop is lost or stolen and happens to be completely exposed because its hard drive is not encrypted. Ugly stuff folks.

Looking at it from the opposite perspective, Elcomsoft Internet Password Breaker can really get you out of a bind when you make some sort of bonehead move like I've done before (like "accidentally" deleting your browser history) and need to recover your own information.

Either way, it's a good tool to have in your security or forensics toolbox.

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