When configuring password protection on Cisco devices, you’ll likely encounter the keywords “enable” and “enable secret”. But what’s the difference between these two? How do you know which one to use? In this blog post, we’ll explain the difference between enable and enable secret passwords, and show you how to configure each one. Stay safe out there!
What is Enable Password?
Enable Password on a Cisco device is a password that is used to protect access to privileged EXEC and configuration modes. This password is set by the administrator and is different from the enable secret password.
The enable secret password is encrypted and is used to protect access to privileged EXEC and configuration modes. The Enable Password is not encrypted and can be easily deciphered. It is recommended that the Enable Password be different from the Enable Secret password. The Enable Password can be set using the enable password command.
What is Enable Secret Password?
Enable Secret Password is a Cisco device configuration command that sets the password used to access privileged EXEC mode. The Enable Secret command is similar to the Enable command, which also enables privileged EXEC mode. However, the Enable Secret command encrypts the password, whereas the Enable command does not.
As a result, the Enable Secret Password is more secure than the Enable Password. When setting the Enable Secret Password, it is important to choose a strong password that cannot be easily guessed. A good password should be at least 8 characters long and should include a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
Difference between Enable and Enable Secret Password
The Enable and Enable Secret Password are two different passwords that are used to access a Cisco device. The Enable password is the password that is used to login to the device and the Enable Secret password is used to enable privileged mode. Both of these passwords are stored in plain text on the device and can be easily compromised if the device is not properly secured.
Enable passwords should be changed regularly and Enable Secret passwords should be kept confidential. When setting up a new Cisco device, it is recommended that you set both an Enable password and an Enable Secret password to further protect your device.
To sum up, we’ve looked at the difference between enable and enable secret password on Cisco devices. We’ve seen that an enable secret is more secure because it is encrypted, while an enable is less secure because it is sent in plain text.