What is Cisco enable secret password (Encrypted Privileged exec Password):
Cisco Enable secret password is used for restricting access to enable mode and to the global configuration mode of a router. Enable secret password is stored in encrypted form in the router’s configurations and is also called encrypted privileged exec password, therefore hard to break for an intruder and cannot be seen or guessed by displaying router configuration. Whereas enable password is stored in plain text and can be viewed by displaying router’s configuration. The enable password should be different from the enable secret password.
Access your router console, If you are at user exe mode type “enable” to enter enable mode. UpaaeRouter1> enable, Press enter and the prompt will change to UpaaeRouter1# .
Step 2: Enter Global Configuration Mode
Type configure terminal for entering global configuration mode. UpaaeRouter1# configure terminal. Press enter and the prompt will change to UpaaeRouter1(config)# .
Step 3: Command To Configure Enable Secret Password
At global configuration mode type enable secret followed by your desired password. UpaaeRouter1(config)# enable secret upaae123, and press enter will set the secret password. “UpaaeRouter1(config)#” denotes that you are at global configuration mode, “enable secret” is the command required for configuring cisco enable secret password and “upaae123” is the password string we specified. You should replace this with your own desired password.
Now press exit and enter two times for going back to user exe mode, UpaaeRouter1>
At user exe mode type enable command and press enter, UpaaeRouter1> enable,You will be asked for password.
Now at enable mode type show running-config to view the encrypted secret password.
UpaaeRouter1# show running-config and hit enter.
You will see the running configuration of the router as in the following screenshot which confirms that enable secret password is set. If you are facing any difficulties in setting enable password or enable secret password, do ask in comments.
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