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Posted on February 12, 2007
Filed Under (Tools) by jennifer

If you’re anything like me (and my guess is that you are), you interact with many websites that require logins. So that you don’t lose your mind (or have to carry around a huge cheat sheet), you use the same login/password combination for as many sites as you possibly can. Business or pleasure, my guess is that you are living on the edge security wise. It’s just too much of a pain to worry about making all these identities strong and unique.

Using an insecure set of credentials for visiting the NYTimes.com or YouTube may seem innocent enough, but the convenient habit of reusing credentials quickly becomes a risky strategy when you are interacting with your bank or your brokerage firm. It’s also risky for any site that stores your payment/credit card information, such as eBay.

If you start to use unique, “strong” credentials for each site, you can quickly go crazy trying to remember which secret place you hid your login information. I consider myself to be very good at managing my own personal data, but recently, after having my brokerage account password reset for the fourth time, because I couldn’t decipher what I had last used, I decided that I need a better way. Enter RoboForm.

RoboForm (http://www.roboform.com) is a secure password manager/form filler application that plugs into your browser (sorry PCs only, but it does work on both Firefox and Internet Explorer). It uses encryption and a master password scheme to safeguard your personal data, which can be easily backed up or synced to another computer. They even have a version that will store your data on a thumbdrive or work with your PDA. (Unfortunately, if you are a BlackBerry user, like I am, you are out of luck — for now.) RoboForm had been on my radar for a long time. It is a very well reviewed, mainstream application, and it’s creator, Siber Systems, has been in business since 1997. But I just wasn’t ready to plunk down $29.95 for convenience.

However, after about a week of trying RoboForm for free, I knew I needed to buy it. I’m now a month into owning the program, have 57 identities stored that are tied to a very convoluted master password, and am very happy with the product.

[Filed by Kenny Schiff]

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