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any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: clay
Date: November 06, 2021 10:05AM
Came across a CD from 13 years ago that contains a PDF of the closing documents from our first house purchase. It is password protected. I tried guessing several things that I thought could be the password (which was set by the lender), but none of them worked. I assume somewhere in our initial loan documentation that there's an indication of what the password is, but no clue where to begin there.

I've copied the PDF onto my computer from the CD, but I'd love to have access to the doc for my files.

Any reputable way of cracking a PDF password on a Mac? I also have access to Win 10 PCs (and Ubuntu Linux machines as well) if that changes the equation. I'm guessing there are web-based options, but I'm less comfortable going that route as the PDF no doubt includes personally identifying info and financial info that I'd prefer not to leave on some random server somewhere.
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 06, 2021 11:07AM
There are such things that the IT staff at work has used sometimes successfully, but that’s all I know about it.
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 06, 2021 11:10AM
Worth a look:

[www.google.com]
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: November 06, 2021 11:35AM
Lots of choices @ Mac App Store. Prices range from FREE to $10.
Search for "pdf password" on the app.

PDF Unlock/Lock is free:
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: datbeme
Date: November 06, 2021 12:27PM
Shot in the dark (and very weak) but did you try the zip code?
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: clay
Date: November 06, 2021 12:30PM
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datbeme
Shot in the dark (and very weak) but did you try the zip code?

nope, not it! thanks for the idea.
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 06, 2021 12:39PM
ZIP code, SSN, last name, first name, fist.last name, etc.
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: clay
Date: November 06, 2021 02:41PM
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space-time
ZIP code, SSN, last name, first name, fist.last name, etc.

yeah, tried all the combinations of those I could imagine
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: November 06, 2021 02:48PM
How about Password, or Password 1smiley-laughing001



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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: November 06, 2021 03:21PM
Can you actually open and read the doc?

Consider printing to pdf?



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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: November 06, 2021 04:21PM
I use PDF Key



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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 06, 2021 05:28PM
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Rolando
Can you actually open and read the doc?

Consider printing to pdf?


Then why would he ask?
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: BernDog
Date: November 07, 2021 05:59AM
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clay
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space-time
ZIP code, SSN, last name, first name, fist.last name, etc.

yeah, tried all the combinations of those I could imagine

Closing date?
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 07, 2021 08:26AM
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BernDog
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clay
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space-time
ZIP code, SSN, last name, first name, fist.last name, etc.

yeah, tried all the combinations of those I could imagine

Closing date?

no, when they send these documents, the closing date is still unknown.... or very likely to change.

I never heard of anyone to use the closing date as a password.

Most likely it is a combination of last name and something else.
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Re: any tips for cracking a PDF password?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: November 07, 2021 11:47AM
Ask the lender. They made a lot of money off of you, expect them to look you up and know what the password would have been back then, or to supply a new PDF.
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