You get what you pay for

Don't expect to recover your passwords with this analyzer.

A strong password is one of the best defenses against a security breach, but managing all the different passwords on all of your documents can be a real pain. That's where Password Encryption Analyzer Free comes into play. The program offers a way to scan all of your documents to check for and recover passwords, but it came up short when we put it to the test.

The program's user interface is as basic as it gets. On the left side, you can select the locations for the program to scan: Computer, Documents, Local Drives. From there, radio buttons let you select which type of scan you would like to perform: full, which scans all files; recommended, which skips system folders; and fast, which skips system folders and database files. From there, we simply had to click the Start Scan button for the program to do its thing. It took about a half an hour for the program do a full scan and come back with eight files. There are buttons at the top of the window to pause and stop the scan, if necessary. The file name, location, file and document type, size, protection flags, and date modified were listed with each file. We clicked the Recover button for each file to find out the password, but a message returned letting us know that it "Failed to locate compatible password recovery software," and that we could download a free demo of the Passware Kit. How convenient. Also, you can't save the files list unless you upgrade to the paid version. A Help file is there should you need it, but the program is pretty easy to figure out, especially since most of its features aren't available. All in all, the program works just fine for listing password-protected documents, but that's about it unless you're willing to pony up for the paid version.

Password Encryption Analyzer Free installs and uninstalls cleanly.

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