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i dont understand the whole computer hacking thing. help please?

Guess the password. You have four tries. PlasmaFox 03:11, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

After guessing a password, you'll get a result, like 2/5. It means you have 2 of the correct letters in the correct places. By guessing similar words, you can solve the password. If you get it wrong 4 times, the computer will lock itself indefinitely. Unless you're good at word games, or extremely lucky, odds are you wont get it, So I always guess 3 times and turn the computer off. Turning the computer off resets the password, but at least I don't get locked out. --Nux Matrix 03:17, 30 January 2009 (UTC)


Try looking for patterns too, Like lets say If you select a word in the progressive tense ( you really only want to select words ) like ing or in the past tense ed or words with sharing similar vowels like read, breath, just for example and you'll notice that the correct placement of these words may be only so many numbers out however many letters there are. (Usually every word has the same amount of letters if not always). So in a sense your first word is only to give you an idea of how right you are, unless you're extremely lucky. by comparing which letters are in the correct places you'll get an idea usually around the second attempt narrowing your choices by a lot. This is not always the case though, sometimes it's just like.. "wtf" Xdarkdragonx 06:14, 30 January 2009 (UTC)Dragon

Look for left and right brackets, as well. [ { ( and <, followed by ] } ) and >. When you put the cursor on the left bracket, it will highlight all the symbols between it and the corresponding right bracket (if they are on the same line). If you use the left bracket, it will do one of two things:

  1. It will replenish your allowances, giving you four more guesses.
  2. It will remove one of the dud entries.

I always try to find all these brackets before I do any guessing, because sometimes there are enough to remove every dud entry which eliminates having to guess at all. --MadDawg2552 15:20, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

i find the easiest way is when you get one with 1/8 correct,dont look at individual letters,but just get a word thats completely different,even easier with more letters correct--Bluemax 15:13, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

i find that the easiest way to do it is quicksave in front of the terminal, then pick the first word there, if it gives over half the same then it's easy, then pick second word, then third, if nothing then i exit. i find a very high amount of terminals are solved on the first word, which is strange (about one in five) Flying Dagger 19:25, 3 February 2009 (UTC)