I wish it were as easy as everyone says. I just switched carriers from AT&T to Verizon so I had to get a new phone. I backed up my fiancee's phone because she has had an iPhone for a few years. I once put in a pass code on the phone to see how it works. Needless to say, she has never used the passcode feature. I've backed up the phone before and restored it before but NEVER ran into this problem. Now with the photos of her mom, who passed away in February, in the backup protected by a password from five years ago I'm totally lost! I paid Apple support $19 to hear them say sorry we can't help you. Are you sure you've tried every password? Yes. Yes, I have. Now it looks like I try a password cracker program for $199 because it's my last hope. And people get so ****** about the big Windows coporation--Apple isn't any much better. It just breaks my heart to see her these last couple of days and know I F'd up because I was just trying to get her information from one phone to another. If I had only stuck with AT&T we would have never had to backup the phone.
I had to replace the device, as a Pelican case failed & the device got wet & was ruined. All the data is in the encrypted backup. Without being able to restore from it, I will have no data. I need the data. There has to be a way to hack it, determine the password with a password cracker...something. Does anyone know of a password cracker that works on iTunes on a Mac?
The backup is AES 128bit encrypted as is the password, which means no simple download of some cheap password cracker software is going to help at all. Bottom line is if you cannot remember the password (you did not \"lose\" anything, you forgot it), your backup is useless to you.
Reality of the situation is that, without that password, you are not getting your data back. Apple's security with encryption and such is actually quite good (keychain, encrypted disk images, and so on - all use strong AES standards), and the whole point of it is that, without the specific password, nobody should be able to get the data. Security that can be bypassed, easily cracked, or with the infamous hollywood'ish \"backdoor\" approach is not, in fact, security.