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Retrieving lost passwords


In a secure system, passwords are stored using un-reversible encryption, which means no one (system managers, developers, database administrators, hackers or anyone) can find out what it was.

If you've lost your password to any system (Microsoft, AT&T, Amazon, Bank of America, etc) and call their support line, they can reset your password to something new, but they won't be able to find or tell you what your password was.

The primary reason is to protect you from the your password falling into the wrongs hands, either their own employees or outside hackers.

There are several external tools to help you remember passwords (Google Chrome has that built in).



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