Why You Should Be Using a Password Manager

Roboform logoIf you don’t have password management on your computer, you must be living in the Dark Ages. Seriously, how do you mange them? I have just checked mine and I have 455 passwords. 455!!!! Imagine that printed out or written down.

Trying to keep up with all of your web logins and passwords yourself can be frustrating, particularly when you forget one.

But, that all gets easier with Roboform, the world’s most downloaded password manager. All of your passwords and logins are magically at your fingertips, and they’re all secure, too.

Not only does Roboform keep your passwords and logins in one place, but it will virtually log in for you! Simply go to the Roboform area on your browser, click the website you want to visit, and, in one click, you’ve launched the website and logged into it.

Until you’ve used this, you’ll never get what I mean in this being a lifesaver. If I lost everything tomorrow, it would be the first thing I’d download. And it is free. Yes, free!

Now I hear some of you saying that Firefox remembers passwords but, pu-lease, this is not the same. And would you trust something that is such an easy target for hackers?

You Don’t Even Need to Remember the Web Address

In addition to helping you login, Roboform will also help you to fill out forms on websites. Simply put the information like name, address, birthday, etc, into Roboform and it will fill out forms for you in the future.

Now, you’re probably thinking that while it all sounds cool, it doesn’t sound very safe. Roboform is actually one of the most secure pieces of software you’ll ever have.

Everything is encrypted. You can generate random passwords and passwords up to 512 characters long for security. And they constantly send you updates that upload with just a click.

And, you can even store your Roboform information on a separate USB drive, so that you can physically remove it from your computer when you’re not going to be around.

In addition, you can have Roboform clear your internet cache every time you log off your computer, so that other users won’t see where you’ve visited.

Another great feature of Roboform is that it will allow you to organize your passwords through folders. This can be a real timesaver because you can group similar websites together in folders so that you can find the sites you’re looking for more quickly. Otherwise, when you have a lot of sites listed in Roboform, you have to scroll through to find the right one.

Custom Form Filling

If you have directories to fill in or affiliate info or things slightly out of the ordinary, there is a ‘customer form’ section where you name the field title and fill the details and the system will fill all your directory forms.

Plus, I just looked, I have five personal identities (different biz names and stuff, not like witness protection program IDs!) and multiple bank accounts and credit cards and it does all that, seamlessly.

Did I say That It’s Free?

You can try Roboform for free. It’s a full version in terms of features, and will let you store ten passwords – although I think I managed to get nearly 20 into the free version.

The full version is only $29.95, with free lifetime upgrades. With the full version you can manage hundreds and hundreds of passwords. Plus, if you want to pop it on other computers, you can buy extra licenses at $9.95 or just use the Online version.

What Are the Alternatives?

Mac users can use the online version but they say they will have a Safari and Opera version out during 2010 – yay!

And, for those who use 1Password on a Mac, I have used 1Password for ages and it does not fill efficiently or work as easily. LastPass is also supposed to be good but you have to pay monthly.

Everybody needs password management to make life online easier and faster. And, when you’re shopping around for password management packages, you won’t find one better than Roboform. It’s simple to use, makes life fast and easy, and keeps your logins and passwords completely secure.

If you don’t try this, there is no hope for you. Pop your PC back in the box and take it back to the store.

I’d love to hear your comments and what you use or have tried. Please just tell me below.

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12 Responses to “Why You Should Be Using a Password Manager”

  1. 1
    Neil Quadros says:

    Hi Jon,
    Have you tried LASTPASS? It’s compatible on nearly every browser and works across multiple computers along with Storing in addition of 20 passwords. Free totally and even generates passwords and fills forms.

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    Jon Reply:

    Hi Neil

    I mention LastPass down the end and, for Mac users especially, used to recommend it until Roborform brought out their own online version. I don’t think I’ve ever met enyone who has changed from Robo to the others because it just does it all in such a better way but, I also know some clever folks who also swear by LastPass.

    JON

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    Hey Jon,
    I used to use Roboform, but then bought a mac. When I first started using the mac I was very disappointed that Roboform didn’t work on macs. So, then I bought 1Password. A year later came Snow Leopard for Macs and 1Password did an update, but I had to pay for the update! This of course did not make me very happy. And then I found LastPass which is very cool. I have the free version and works great. If you want to manage your password for your iphone and other phone devices you have to pay $1 a month, but I don’t have that need. Plus, you can access your passwords from different computers which is great.
    One time we where in Atlanta, and my wife “had” to buy herself a new netbook. She did not have Roboform, but had LastPass, and was able to retrieve all of her passwords to her new laptop. Maybe Roboform does this now, but I am pretty satisfied with LastPass.
    By the way, this is a great looking blog.
    OM

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    Jon Reply:

    Hi

    That is a great comment about the easy retrieval of an online version and I forgot that the paid LastPass is for the full featured. Yes, Roboform has an online version now. My 1password was upgraded to v3 and now stopped syncing with my other Mac as it is different and does not set up the same way (and I’m not techie) so I use the online version on my Macs.

    Thanks for the kind words on the look of the blog. More tweaks coming this week.

    JON

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  3. 3
    Joel says:

    Great Tips Jon!

    I was just telling my wife about Roboform as she was writing down an encrypted reminder of a pw on a sheet of paper that she stores in a secret location.

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  4. 4
    Jon says:

    Thanks Joel. For a high-falutin legal eagle, she should know better, lol. But, since I write this, I am just amazed at how many of our IM friends that are writing down their p/wds or just using the same logins for everything

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    Willy Weedon
    Twitter:
    says:

    I can’t praise Roboform enough. Some top fella introduced it to me a few years ago. Wonder what he’s doing these days? ;-)

    I think I’m up to about 200 passwords. I still print them out from time to time and store them under lock and key in case of some unforseen disaster; but that is simple with Roboform as it has an easy print function.

    I also use the Password Generator which is an awesome tool. Some of my passwords are 57 characters long! And full of all kinds of weird characters But it doesn’t matter cause Roboform enters it for me each time.

    Cheers,

    Willy

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    Ian Mayman says:

    I register on a site or two almost every day which might explain why I have well over a 1251 logins, plus software licences, secure notes and other information in an app that I found to be far better than Roboform, which at the time I was very impressed with, but I am sure has improved since I saw it last.

    The app I use also as iPhone app that it syncs with it so I have all my 1251 logins with me wherever I go, so I can login to any website on my phone without my computer. Of course the app is very secure and uses two extra passwords on my phone and computer and is quickly locked to maintain security.

    I only found this highly-rated app, called 1Password, when I switched to the Mac because it is only available for Mac/iPhone/iPad.

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    Willy Weedon
    Twitter:
    says:

    Stop Press! I still love Roboform but Roboform Support is the worst software support in the world. I have a problem installing Roboform on another machine and they keep copying and pasting irrelevant fixes for my problem.

    And now they’ve ignored me for 3 days without a response.

    Worst Customer Service ever!

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    Melissa Reply:

    Hi Willy,

    I’m very sorry to hear you had a bad experience with not hearing back from our support, that is very unusual. We have 24/7 support with support tickets or you can call in.

    Hope your issue was resolved.

    Regards,

    Melissa Barker
    Siber Systems
    http://www.roboform.com
    http://www.goodsync.com

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    The fact that we seem to need all those Passwords might be an indication that we still live in the Dark Ages?

    All the Best,
    To your Happy - Home Business – Inspiration,
    HP

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