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#1 len.moret

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:25 AM

Let me start by apologizing for probably not posting in the right section.

Lately I am a bit worried about the safety of my network passwords. I run three WiFi networks and they have all very complicated and long passes.

However, some weeks ago I bought a new HP printer for in the network. Now what made me paranoid is the ease in which the accompanying software is able to retrieve the passwords from all of the three networks. I was astonished to see these 32 characters of unreadable passes displayed. (Imagine the trouble I had to insert one of those in the printer to gain access to one of these networks.) It made me wonder if someone else could do so. 

 

Can someone enlighten me or set my mind at ease?

 

Sincerely,

 

Len



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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:28 AM

Hi Len :)

 

If you installed the HP printer software on your computer where you connected to all of the three networks, it's really easy to retrieve passwords that way. Even you can do so. However, if someone wants to do it the same way that software did, he would need access to your computer directly. Take a look at the article below and you'll see how easy it is to see the saved wireless passwords on a computer.

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/116934/how-to-view-that-forgotten-wireless-network-password-in-windows/

 

You're not at fault here, you have good passwords, this isn't the problem :)


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:38 AM

Thank you for your quick answer and the link. That means a lot to me.

 

Sincerely,

 

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:40 AM

No problem Len, you're welcome :)


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:56 AM

They even make special tools to view/recover passwords...WirelessKeyView
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