How to Hide Clear Text Passwords on Cisco Routers and Switches

When you configure your Cisco Router or Switch you need to make sure your passwords are not in clear text. When you pop your new switch or router out of the box and are running configurations the very first time (or if you have to go back and fix it). You want to make sure you're not allowing casual exposure of your passwords:

Cisco IOS CLI:

SWITCHKING# conf t
SWITCHKING# service password-encryption
SWITCHKING# sh run
SWITCHKING#
!
enable password 7 892398498FF1111D
!
line vty 0 4
 password 7 075E731B7D10987987
 login
line vty 5 15
 password 7 075E731B7D1043434222
 login

SWITCH# crypto key generate rsa
SWITCH# ip ssh version 2

*This is instead of seeing "enable password JimBobPassword or line vty passwords in clear text"

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