Posted 21 November 2017 - 04:13 PM
This is the thing with encryption, for any type of encryption worth having there is no hope if you forget your key. If a specific type of encryption can't stand against all plausible threats then it is basically worthless. In many circumstances it's actually safest to write down passwords and keep them in safe locations (obviously not near the computer or in your case phone that they are for). It might well be that you put far stronger protection on this phone than you really needed, but if the encryption on it is worth anything at all then at this point there will be no way to get those files back short of somehow remembering the password. To understand why this is the case, it must seem very unsatisfying to be unable to get past your password, you might want to read up on the basics of how modern encryption algorithms work, I remember a very nice demonstration (using unrealistically small numbers to make the principles clear while keeping the maths at an "on an ordinary calculator" level) from a book I read years ago but sadly can't recall the title.
P.S. that alphanumeric string doesn't look like the sort of password you would expect to have made, how did you come to think it might be the key? If you think it is a hashs of the password where did you get that from? The main current forms of hashing and as close to non-reversible as possible though with a lot of work from a supercomputer older outdated hashing methods may sometimes be possible for people to bruteforce and find initial data that can generate the hash.
Edited by rp88, 21 November 2017 - 04:16 PM.
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