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I know that we need "enable secret PWD" to get to the enable mode. But what is the difference between username NAME secret PWD and username NAME password PWD? As the best practice, which one should I use? Thanks
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username NAME password PWD leaves the password in plain text in the config instead of using the MD5 hash that is used by username NAME secret PWD.
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So which one is the best practice to configure on the Cisco device.
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Best practice would be username NAME secret PWD.  The only benefit to the other option that I am aware of is that if you forget the password and you have backups of the running config you can go there to see what it is without having to go through password recovery.

Not enough benefit to offset the security risks in my opinion.
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