Default password

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Where a device needs a username and/or password to log in, a default password is usually provided that allows the device to be accessed during its initial setup. Manufacturers of such equipment typically use a simple password, such as admin or password on all equipment they ship, in the expectation that users will change the password during configuration.

Generally, if the current password of a device is not available it may be necessary to reset the device to factory defaults to re-enable the default password it was provided with from the factory. This often resets the entire device to factory defaults and includes all configuration and data. The default username and password is usually located in the instruction manual or located on the device itself.

Leaving the default password on devices connected to an open network (such as the internet) is a huge security risk.[1]

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Examples of default password databases: