10 April 2010

Provide more security to your system,using syskey utility

You Guys must have heard about admin password ,super admin but have you heard about syskey i.e used to make job of password crackers more difficult.

Basically Microsoft Windows Security Accounts Management Database (SAM) stores

hashed copies of user passwords.You can use the SysKey utility to additionally secure the SAM database The SysKey utility can also be used to configure a start-up password that must be entered to decrypt the system key so that Windows can access the SAM database.

To Configure Windows System Key Protection, follow these steps:

1. At a command prompt, type syskey, and then press ENTER.
2. Now a box will open ,note that the Encryption Enabled option is selected and is the only option available. When this option is selected, Windows will always encrypt the SAM database.
3. Click Update.
4. Click password startup if you want to require a password to start Windows. Use a complex password that contains a combination of upper case and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

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