Managing Stored User Names and Passwords

Here’s a simple trick for managing store user names and passwords on a Windows 7 machine.

Click Start –> Run.., paste the following line into the Open: field, then click OK:

rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr

This will display a window showing all of your stored credentials like the following:

Stored User Names and Passwords

You can add, remove, or edit credentials as well as backup and restore your saved credentials to or from a file. This is a more straightforward way to remove problematic cached credentials without having to resort to deleting your browsing history, cookies, or the like.

You can also use the “Manage Network Passwords” control panel applet. Click Start, type “Manage Network Passwords”, then press Enter with that item selected or Click on Start –> Control Panel, click on the “User Accounts and Family Safety” group, then click on the Credential Manager link.

Finally, if you are just looking for a listing of all of the cached credentials saved on your computer, open a Command prompt (“Windows Command Processor”) and enter the following command:

cmdkey /list

This will output an text listing of all cached credentials including the target, type and respective user name.

Has your password been compromised?

There has been a marked increase in the number of security breaches in recent months resulting in thousands of compromised accounts and passwords. To determine if your password was one of those hacked, try using one of the following tools:

LeakedIn
See if your Linkedin Password was leaked
See if your eHarmony password was leaked
See if your Last.fm account was leaked
Should I Change My Password?
Yahoo Leak Password Checker

Test the strength of your password using:

The Password Meter

To help manage an ever growing number of unique passwords, you might want to consider using a password management tool such as LastPass.

LastPass – Password Manager, Form Filler, Password Management

Of course, no password no matter how secure can protect you against the type of social engineering attack which hit Mat Honan of Wired Magazine earlier this month.

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

References:

Was Your Yahoo! Password Exposed?
How to Check If Your Email Password Was One of 453,000 Leaked This Morning
How to Check If Your LinkedIn Password Was Stolen
Was YOUR Yahoo password hacked? Here’s how to find out

Router Default Passwords

Here’s a great website for looking up the default user name and password for virtually any router. This can come in handy when working on an unfamiliar router or after resetting a router back to its defaults.

Default Router Passwords – The internets largest and most updated default router password database!

They also maintain a sister site, www.receiverpasswords.com, for passwords to Set Top Boxes.