Download of the week: RoboForm

By on February 13, 2009, 4:21 PM
Conventional passwords are close to useless when it comes to online security, yet a recent statistical analysis of 28,000 stolen passwords shows that a disturbingly high percentage of people rely on the easiest keyboard combinations to remember, such as ‘1234’ or ‘qwerty’ and even the word ‘password’ itself. With the average internet user registering to a bunch of different services, it’s understandable that they don’t want to deal with memorizing overly complicated codes, the problem is when these weak combinations are used for more important things like online banking, purchasing, emailing and more.


One solution is to use password managers – and I particularly want to recommend RoboForm. This handy tool from Siber Systems makes filling in forms and logging into your web accounts both effortless and safe, with its ability to integrate with browsers (Firefox or IE) alongside its one click filling and submitting feature. It can automatically learn from new logins and securely store that information protected by a master password and AES encryption, so you only have to remember one single and ideally strong key phrase.


RoboForm also adds an additional level of security by bypassing keylogger captures and includes a password generator to create passwords up to 512 characters long. Best of all, your personal information and passwords are stored in separate files so you can easily back them up or move them to another computer.

There are a lot of other features I’m not mentioning here, such as SafeNotes to store offline passwords, but you get the picture anyway. Bottom line is, if you have to deal with multiple logins and forms every day then RoboForm will come in handy. There is a free version limited to 10 logins and a $30 Pro edition.




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Punkid said:
i dont particularly like this.there is a firefox addon that i think is better.its called lastpass password manager....really useful piece of kit
Julio said:
I use Roboform on a daily basis and I can wholeheartedly recommend it. It's a matter of whether you do have to fill forms or login to many sites on a regular basis, if you don't, then move along, but if you do, this is an awesome little app.
stingray57 said:
This program is a trap. To clarify the program does what it's supposed to and it does it fairly well, but what happens when you don't like it anymore or you have more than 10 passwords OR maybe another program does this function better?This program doesn't have a export function to speak of... You can't get your passwords out of it in an intelligent way; they don't offer one.I used it for a while and it worked fine, but I found something better, but I hate programs that are 'paid for' and they want to TRAP you in their program by not providing a export option. Be aware when decide to start using it...
Stoneysilence said:
[b]Originally posted by stingray57:[/b][quote]This program is a trap. To clarify the program does what it's supposed to and it does it fairly well, but what happens when you don't like it anymore or you have more than 10 passwords OR maybe another program does this function better?This program doesn't have a export function to speak of... You can't get your passwords out of it in an intelligent way; they don't offer one.I used it for a while and it worked fine, but I found something better, but I hate programs that are 'paid for' and they want to TRAP you in their program by not providing a export option. Be aware when decide to start using it...[/quote]Incorrect, you can either print to a printer the passwords or export them to a HTML file. While in Roboform go to Passcards->Print List->Save.This is an excellent program. I have been using it for years now. Worth every penny. Lots of great ways to encrypt the data, easy to transfer to another computer (just copy the folder all the passcards are in or there is a export/import function).
Poertner_1274 said:
This would be a nice manager, but I already found one i can have on my Blackberry, and sync with the PC. Very handy, because I have access to all my passwords if I am not on my main PC.Either way, nice writeup.
Ruba Bashar said:
[b]Originally posted by Poertner_1274:[/b][quote]This would be a nice manager, but I already found one i can have on my Blackberry, and sync with the PC. Very handy, because I have access to all my passwords if I am not on my main PC.Either way, nice writeup.[/quote]
Ruba Bashar said:
Please be advised RoboForm offers a free version for Blackberry. You can synchronize your RoboForm data files on Desktop to RoboForm for Blackberry.Please visit this link for more info:[url]http://www.roboform.com/blackberry.html[/url]
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