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Find text in password protected files

With File Search Assistant you can search for text in password protected Word and Excel files.With File Search Assistant you can search for text in password protected Word and Excel files. It's handy when due to security needs you store files as password protected, but need to be able to search and find text in these files.  

Introduction

Due to security needs we often keep important information as a password protected file. We have a lot of sensitive files that contain an information locked using password protection. 

We can store information in password protected:

  • MS Word (.doc) files;
  • MS Excel (.xls) files;

Search for text in password protected files

The problem is that Windows or other search tool cannot search text in password protected file as they don't know the password used and don't have means to specify this password.

With File Search Assistant you can specify some typical passwords, so FSA will try to use this password to open password protected files.

Practice of searching password protected files

Using File Search Assistant

Run File Search Assistant and go to the "Text filters" tag. Click "Password manager" button. Now, you can specify some passwords that FSA will try to open password protected files.

Click "+" button to add some new password.

Possible security problems

It's important that you understand the security risks you have. File Search Assistant keeps your passwords protected under the strong password, but it's still possible to "crack" this file and find out your passwords. So, if you need to stay top-secured, then remove passwords from FSA password list after the search.

Value added solution

AKS-Labs is an author of another security tool, called Find Protected. It was designed to search and find security holes related to password protection. If you are a security admin, then please, consider trying and using this tool for password security monitoring.

Get File Search Assistant

You can get File Search Assistant right now. It's a file search tool that allows to search for popular file types on local hard disk and across a network.

 

 

 

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