Cain & Abel
Cain & Abel is a nifty program that deals with recovering lost passwords using the most powerful and tough decryption algorithms. It is capable to quickly and efficiently retrieve Outlook and network passwords and to display passwords underneath asterisks.
Most encrypted passwords are breakable using this program via Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks. Decrypting scrambled passwords or wireless network keys is not a challenge either. Besides the ability to record VoIP conversations, the application also features the possibility to analyze route protocols.
Cain & Abel is made of two major components: the first one, Cain, is the frontend application that recovers passwords and the password sniffing part; the second one, Abel, is a Windows NT service that requires to be installed (locally or remotely) and has the role of scrambling the traffic inside the network, for additional protection.
The program doesn’t seek to impress through looks, which is why the user interface may seem a little unpolished. At a closer look, it sports an organized and easy to explore panel, while the additional menus encompass a wide range of tools. These include a Route Table utility, a Base64 and Cisco Password Decoder, a hash calculator, a RSA SecurID Token Calculator, to name a few.
Cain & Abel’s interface is divided into several sections, the first of which deals with decoding passwords (for Internet Explorer, Windows Mail, Dialup Passwords, as well as others). Other panels include a Sniffer (detects and retains passwords), a Trace Route Utility and a Wireless Scanner (identifies wireless networks and provides details on MAC addresses).
Bottom line is that you can’t go wrong with Cain & Abel’s decoding algorithms. It’s witty enough to recover the strongest passwords stored on your computer and features a bunch of other hash and decryption utilities that recommend it.