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    crack a password (2003)

    Hi all,

    Is it possible to crack the password for a word document. A memeber of staff has left and we can't open her documents

    Many thanks
    Gerbil (AKA Kevin)

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    Re: crack a password (2003)

    Reputedly Open Office opens password-protected Word documents.

    There are also many utilities that help you recover lost passwords; a Google search will turn them up.

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    Re: crack a password (2003)

    Is this a password required to open the file? There are several different password technologies available in recent versions of Office. Some are not feasible to decrypt in a reasonable amount of time. General thoughts:
    <UL><LI>If the person always used the same password, then password cracking software would be the most cost effective -- assuming it works -- because you can actually recover the password. However, such software generally runs slowly so if you are in a hurry, this might not be very helpful. Also, if several different passwords were used, you are looking at a lengthy recovery period.
    <LI>If there are particular high-priority files that you need sooner rather than later, you could use an alternate method that does not actually recover the password but decrypts the file in another way. My experience with this approach is described here: Tried Decryptum or PasswordNow ? (97-2003)[/list]If you have a different kind of password on the document, such as a password to save changes to the original or forms protection, then there are easy workarounds.

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