Password Decoders can be used to immediately decode encrypted passwords from several sources, for example the Windows Protected Store, the Credential Manager, standard Edit Boxes, LSA secrets, passwords from SQL Enterprise Manager, Windows Mail, DialUp, Remote Desktop profiles and the Windows wireless configuration service.

Cain also includes decoders for non Microsoft applications like VNC, Cisco VPN client profiles ..... every encrypted information that can be recovered instantly is managed by the program with the appropriate “decoder”.

 

 

These features usually require local access on the target system, anyway Cain also provide the capability to extract some information from external Windows registry hive files.