Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows password

27 Jun 2013   #1
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 
Windows password

Hi There all.
I have windows 7 home premium and with Microsoft office 2010 paid for version
Thought that I would do a bit of googeling regarding passwords etc.And came across that there is a password method built into the Microsoft office.
So went and looked into it and did a password for a word document,Now my question according to Microsoft its a very secure setup encryption,Can anyone give any thoughts on this Please.
Many Thanks.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
27 Jun 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The only thing I can think of is don't loose the password.
Write it down and keep it in a safe place.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jun 2013   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

The level of security depends largely on the complexity of your passwords. I use password protection on several Office files and use a combination of letters, numbers, special characters, and upper-lowercase that mean nothing to anyone except me. I also have an encrypted file that I keep securely locked up where I can retrieve all my passwords, if I need to.

You might stumble across utilities on the Internet that claim to be able to "recover" passwords from encrypted files. That implies that they can somehow "extract" the password from the files -- which, fortunately, they can NOT do. Instead, all they attempt to do is guess the password, and if you look at their examples, they're always something simple (and stupid!) like "abc". Anything more reasonably complex, it going to require a brute-force attack, and is going to take months, years, decades (and more) to crack. And, don't believe the entertainment industry that shows passwords being cracked one character at a time -- that's totally bogus.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

27 Jun 2013   #4
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

Mark.Thanks for that very interesting info you gave,May I ask you for some advice on a password software that can password a folder in my documents not just a single file.
Been looking at the WIN RAR software but some info says its not very good.
Any help there Please.
Many thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jun 2013   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well I guess my first post wasn't long enough.

Many people come here because they have not done what I and Mark have stated.
They didn't save their passwords in a safe place that is not on their computer. Loosing passwords is the number one complaint people have when posting here about encryption problems.
The odds of getting into a password protected file,folder, or drive are slim to none without a password.
Have a nice day.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2013   #6
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

Thank You both.
Got it all now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2013   #7
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

There are password recovery tools that can crack more or less anything made by Office by harnessing the GPU's massive power (and up to 8 GPUs working together), but they cost money (a lot).
Free programs to do it suck at best but they aren't any indication of what a pro can do.
Yeah, Office passwords don't use serious algorithms, who was expecting that?

Anyway, I would NOT and i repeat NOT trust Office to lockdown something. I had too much issues with it to trust that in the next version it will open my stuff again, let alone password-protected stuff.

If you want your stuff to be really safe, get something that can encrypt the files with AES-256 encryption. 7zip can do it and is free, as is Truecrypt (it can also encrypt your whole drive but it is overkill imho)
Then if you have a strong password your stuff is safe.
But if you lose it then you are in serious trouble. Here are brute-force decryption times.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2013   #8
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

bob,
Any good tips on using 7-ZIP
Thank You.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2013   #9
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Sure, read this. Goes a bit over the top in the Warning section about wiping the hard drive (wiping free space, CCleaner can do it, and once or twice is enough, if you are on a SSD or on a flash-based memory or a RAM disk it's not needed), but the rest is perfect.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2013   #10
trendy

Summary Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU AMD Athlon II X2 250 23 C
 
 

Thankyou
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Windows password




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Trouble resetting password in Windows Mail to new server password
Hi, I recently suffered a trojan virus attach and ultimately have changed my password on my email server. I have tried to reset it to the new password in Windows mail multiple times. It keeps reverting to the old password as the saved password, and I continually have to retype in the new...
Browsers & Mail
Windows 7 stopped sharing with no password / blank password
This computer was set up about a year ago with sharing enabled. It worked perfectly the entire time. Then a few weeks ago, it started prompting for a password. I've been racking my brain out since. Unfortunately, I let too much time pass before realizing I could roll back using System...
Network & Sharing
blanc local password field now requires a password
Hello, a few months ago I switched from Win Vista ultimate to win7 professional 32bit. My computer was connected to a home network with a server and data server, that server also patched me trough to internet. since my computer support installed win7 on my computer , they brought it back...
Network & Sharing


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:40.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App