I am having a bad time with trying to ensure that my future iPad backups are not encrypted. I have never told iTunes to encrypt my backups. iTunes has done this automatically and without my knowledge. A significant number of people online (and on this site) have noted that they also feel that iTunes has done this without their knowledge.
I do NOT want to recover previous backups I only want to create new backups which are unencrypted so I can be sure that I will be able to restore my iPad without being asked for a password I did not enter, but apparently until I input the aforementioned password (whatever the **** iTunes has decided that should be) it won't let me uncheck the "encrypt" box on the device summary page to do this.
As part of the advice I received from the Apple tech I deleted all my historic backups (unencrypted and the last which was encrypted) and tried recreating a new one. This was also encrypted.
Due to the fact I am running iTunes on Windows I cannot access keychain and so recover the password.
Apparently the password is NOT:
My current PIN,
My current windows admin password (I thought this would be unlikely but it was the Apples phone tech's advice so I thought I would try it)
ANY 4 digit number or combination of such (had to run Elcomsoft iPhone password cracker to determine)
ANY word in the English language with minimal mutation (again courtesy of Elcomsoft)
So basically unless I want to run a comprehensive brute force attack on the backup to determine the password (Elcomsofts excellent iPhone password cracker calculates resolution within the next 153 years) then my only other option is to lose a lot of data and more of my precious hairline.
As mainly a PC user I want a proper solution to the issue and not some guff about wiping my iPad and its data. Hopefully someone from their software devs will admit that iTunes does this so they can tell me what the default password should be. Although I rather believe that my post will more likely find itself censored or deleted.
Sent from (Apple's pwns) My iPad.