Change the Enable Password on a Cisco Router

Posted September 18, 2003 by Quinn McHenry in Cisco router

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The enable password is similar to the superuser or Administrator password and protects your Cisco router. Only after authenticating with this password can you make changes to your device.

To change or set the enable password to PaSsWoRd, use the following command:

config t
enable secret PaSsWoRd

The enable password PaSsWoRd command will also set the enable password, but will leave the password in plain text and visible in the router configuration. This is not affected by the service password-encryption setting.


About Quinn McHenry

Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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