Imagine the fix a person would be in if he/she needs to open an important document but has forgotten the password to open it. This situation is not uncommon. With security measures going up, passwords are needed to protect almost all kinds of information and with different applications demanding different types of passwords, the user would gradually tend to lose track of one or two passwords. Various tools are available in the market to help PC users regain their lost passwords. Acrobat Password Recovery Key is one such utility.
Developed by Adobe, Adobe Acrobat Recovery Key recovers lost passwords pertaining to Adobe Acrobat files (.PDF files). The tool uses brute force searching speed combined with Xieve and Dictionary attacks that optimize the search by checking only certain precise combinations of characters and skipping the rest. In this case, all types of passwords are recovered including passwords for the documents that are administrator protected. Such documents are decrypted instantly and the password search state is stored in both cases. In case of a crash or another interruption, the search is resumed at the point it was interrupted hence saving the user the time and burden of searching all the documents again. In most of the cases, Dictionary attack is recommended as it is the fastest method and has no limitations on the length of the password. Xieve and Brute force attacks are comparatively slower with the latter being the slowest and have password length constraints of 10 characters and 8 characters respectively.
Some of the important features include:
. An easy to use and effective method of checking passwords enables the user to retrieve the lost passwords quickly and securely.
. The tool works with all versions of Adobe software and has multilingual password support. However, instant password retrieval is not possible due to the strength of the encryption algorithm used.
. By decrypting the owner protected files, the tool removes restrictions on copying, printing and other related actions on the file. If any part of the password is known the pattern can be suitably changed to minimize search time.
. Easy to follow installation and uninstallation support along with dictionary support for modifications of the password patterns if any.