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Advanced Archive Password Recovery v2.0 Review

By: Jon Albiez | Utilities in Software | Posted: Nov 30, 2001 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: ElcomSoft

Conclusion

 

ElcomSoft have done a good job on this program. From its roots as a command-based, underground program, it has developed into a product that could be used quite effectively in the corporate arena. The asking price of US$60 (for personal use) and US$120 (commercial license) is quite reasonable, considering the effort that goes into a program like this. In fact, US$120 is a bargain for many businesses.

 

My initial concerns about this program being used maliciously have been allayed by the fact that you need to have a pretty good estimate of the password to recover it in a short period of time. For example, an 8-character password, with uppercase, lowercase, special characters and numbers has over 6 quadrillion (6,000,000,000,000,000) possible combinations. My Pentium III was processing ZIP passwords at around 6 million/sec, at this rate the password would take approximately 32 years (maximum) to extract the password.

 

If you are using RAR files it's even harder - the password/sec rate plummets to fewer than 1,000 passwords per second. At this rate, the same combination would take a frightening (approx) 191,000 years!

 

I find it hard to believe that any "cracker" could take advantage of this program without having some idea as to the contents of the password. If a strong password is chosen (at least 8 characters, with uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters), and RAR format is used to compress files - then your archived data is almost totally secure from unwanted voyeurs (with the possible exception of government intelligence departments).

 

As this is my first software review, I was quite tentative on how to rate this product, but here's my verdict:

 

- Pros

 

Quite affordable for businesses

 

Fast when recovering ZIP files

 

Easy to use

 

Many, many options to choose from

 

- Cons

 

Could be used maliciously

 

Little pricey for personal users

 

Don't try to extract RAR archive passwords!

 

Rating - 8/10

 

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