How to set Enable Secret password on Cisco router (Cisco CCNA Labs using Cisco Packet Tracer)

Enable Secret password:

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, 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.

For setting enable secret password follow the following steps:

Enable secret password is a global configuration mode command, you need to be in the global configuration mode for setting secret password.

Step 1:

If you are at user privileged mode type enable to enter enable mode.

UpaaeRouter1> enable

Press enter and the prompt will change to UpaaeRouter1# .

Step 2:

Type configure terminal for entering global configuration mode.

UpaaeRouter1# configure terminal  

Press enter and the prompt will change to UpaaeRouter1(config)# .

Step 3:

enable secret is the command followed by your desired password.

UpaaeRouter1(config)# enable secret upaae123

And press enter will set the secret password.

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Step 4:

Now press exit and enter two times for going back to user exe mode.


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Step 5:

At user exe mode type enable command and press enter.

UpaaeRouter1> enable

You will be asked for password.

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Step 6:

Now at enable mode type show running-config to view the encrypted secret password.

UpaaeRouter1# show running-config           and hit enter.

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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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