Enable secret

The Enable secret is used to allow security when an administrator is going from user mode to privileged mode, same as Enable password. It is used to protect privileged mode on equipment which is not physically secured. The Enable secret is an newer, encrypted command that should be in use instead of Enable password (password it is stored in startup-config file in encrypted form).

Command is: enable secret yourpassword


Press RETURN to get started.


Router#configure terminal

Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.

Router(config)#enable secret password2



%SYS-5-CONFIG_I: Configured from console by console

Router#copy running-config startup-config

Destination filename [startup-config]? ENTER

Building configuration…




Password can be seen in startup-config, for example:


enable secret 5 $1$mERr$hHQRIr0ZrnbXMXMr.PbTv0