Password Security Audit Software Reduces Network Security Threats

ElcomSoft has released Proactive Windows Security Explorer v. 1.0, a password audit and security test tool that makes it easy for NT4/2000/XP/2003 systems administrators to identify and close security holes in their networks. By running a password security test tool like Proactive Windows Security Explorer regularly, managers can have peace of mind that the basic lock on their networks is secure.

Password hacking continues to be a serious network security threat. Too often, people use simple and easy-to-remember passwords such as common words, repeating characters, and names. In addition, network administrators are often too lax or overworked to perform basic network security functions such as purging terminated employees from the system, requiring users to change passwords regularly, and locking out users after a number of failed attempts.

Proactive Windows Security Explorer helps secure networks by executing a comprehensive audit of account passwords, and exposing all insecure passwords. Chief Security Officers can locate individual security holes, and patch them immediately. They can also identify patterns and trends that weaken security, and develop the appropriate policies to improve network security. An administrator can use Proactive Windows Security Explorer to recover any lost password, and access a user’s Windows account.

The program audits passwords by analyzing user password hashes, and recovering plain-text passwords. If it is possible to recover the password within a reasonable time, the password is considered insecure. With support for both LM and the NTLM password authentication protocols, Proactive Windows Security Explorer can audit and authenticate passwords very quickly, even on networks with thousands of user accounts.

A unique feature of Proactive Windows Security Explorer is its ability to import password hashes directly from SAM and SYSTEM files (Windows Registry). The program supports domain controllers running Microsoft Active Directory.

Proactive Windows Security Explorer v. 1.0 runs under Windows 98/Me/NT4/2000/XP/2003, and requires 16 MB of RAM and 4 MB of hard disk space. Some program features are available only on Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003, and require Administrator privileges. Prices begin at $299(US) for networks with up to 20 user accounts. For more information and free trial version of Proactive Windows Security Explorer, please visit

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About ElcomSoft Co. Ltd.

Since 1990, ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. has been developing and marketing password recovery, forensics, and security software for Windows. In addition to Proactive Windows Security Explorer, the company also offers a comprehensive line of password recovery software for popular Microsoft, Lotus, and Corel software, as well as dozens of popular email clients, compression programs, instant messenger applications, and other applications.

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