ElcomSoft's Internet Password Breakers Scares the Crap Out of Us

Listen up ladies and gents, if you aren't in the habit of changing up your passwords every once in awhile, consider doing so. Not only is it good practice in general, but as it turns out, your browser does a pretty piss-poor job of covering your tracks. Enter Russian software maker ElcomSoft, which just announced a password recovery tool called Internet Password Breaker that purportedly works with Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome.

"ElcomSoft Internet Password Breaker instantly retrieves login and password information stored in a variety of applications, including popular email clients and Web browsers," ElcomSoft says. "In addition, cached logins and passwords, pre-filled forms, and AutoComplete information can be extracted from the browser cache or secure storage areas.

"The new release adds four popular Web browsers to the list of supported applications, including Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera, expanding its Web browser coverage to about 93 percent of the market."

In addition to the above mentioned browsers, ElcomSoft's software is also able to instantly reveal account information, logins, passwords, and cached forms in Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, and all versions of Internet Explorer up to version 8.

We're reminded of the mantra that "guns don't kill people, people do," and in that sense, ElcomSoft's utility is exactly what you make of it. We gave a pre-release version of the software a whirl, and sure enough, when used for good, ElcomSoft's utility proved adept at 'recovering' login info from a variety of sources, which could come in mighty should you suffer a brain fart when logging into a site you rarely visit.

The new version will be available starting tomorrow, November 11th, for $49.