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Breaking Password Security

Learn about breaking passwords, including different attack types and popular tools as well as tricks to retrieving passwords from Windows systems.

3 videos  //  28 minutes of training

Course overview

“Some passwords are just too secure to bother to break.” And some are easy pickings. Ethical hackers in training will appreciate this three-video course on the fundamentals of breaking password security, including multiple approaches to breaking passwords, techniques such as brute-forcing, manual guessing, dictionary attacks and hybrid attacks, famous tools such as rainbow tables and Cain and Abel and more. Includes special focus on Windows passwords and the tricks of retrieving passwords from the SAM file or a SYSKEY-encrypted SAM, plus breaking 2FA.

Course syllabus

Breaking Password SecurityDuration: 9:37

Breaking Windows PasswordsDuration: 16:14

Two-Factor AuthenticationDuration: 1:44

Meet the author



At Infosec, we believe knowledge is the most powerful tool in the fight against cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with a full regimen of certification and skills training. We also empower all employees with security awareness training to stay cybersecure at work and home. Driven by smart people wanting to do good, Infosec educates entire organizations on how to defend themselves from cybercrime. That’s what we do every day — equipping everyone with the latest security skills so the good guys win.

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$599 / license

Annually. Includes all content plus team admin and reporting.

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