I’m asked this question often. How do you keep up with all your passwords? No, I don’t write them on a sticky, keep them in a notebook, or any of those things. I also don’t keep them in a text file stored on the computer.

overview_access_everywhereI use Roboform. Specifically, I use the Roboform Everywhere service. It costs $9.95 the first year and $19.95 per year after that. The difference between it and the others is that, yes, it does store your passwords online, but no, no one has access to those passwords without your master password. This password is not stored anywhere.  It’s not even transferred to the service when you enter it. In other words, there is no way for a “man in the middle attack” to capture your master password. It also now offers two factor authentication when you login from devices that you haven’t before. The downside to the master password approach is if you forget it, you have no access to your passwords. No one, not even Roboform, can get into your account. That’s actually a good thing though.

One other feature is that if you do use their website (which I don’t), you can use their onscreen keyboard in case you think there might be a key logger on your computer.  I use the Windows application along with the extensions for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. 

Additionally, it includes a handy password generator so that instead of coming up with passwords on your own, just let it generate the password for you. Then, it will automatically save the password for you.

One other feature, that admittedly I have never used, allows you to keep secure notes that are only accessible after entering your master password.

For those in college, check out http://www.roboform.com/blog/official-launch-of-roboformu for access to Roboform Everywhere for free.

I’d highly recommend this product to help keep your sanity when it comes to all the passwords we have to keep up with today. Give their trial a try.


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