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We have written volumes about password management here at WWD. The nature of our work, mobility and reliance on data in the cloud certainly makes it an important issue. I have long been a fan of the RoboForm Password Manager. Its ability to securely generate and […]

RoboForm OnlineWe have written volumes about password management here at WWD. The nature of our work, mobility and reliance on data in the cloud certainly makes it an important issue. I have long been a fan of the RoboForm Password Manager. Its ability to securely generate and remember the hundreds of passwords I maintain has been indispensable to me.

Up until recently, though, one of the challenges with using RoboForm has been easily keeping my passwords in sync on multiple machines. I resolved that issue by using the brilliant DropBox service to store my profiles, which is working just flawlessly for me. I noticed today, however, that the fine folks at Siber are currently beta testing a new service called RoboForm Online.

RoboForm Online utilizes Siber’s GoodSync software to facilitate the backup and synchronization of your password and profile data through their servers. Data is transferred securely between locations, and the encryption of your profile files is maintained. Setting a master password to access any RoboForm data is good practice, even if just used on a local machine.

The benefits are obvious: You can access your passwords in multiple locations as well as maintaining a backup of what is critical data.

Before I discovered and implemented my DropBox sync solution, I would have jumped all over this service. They are a little late to the party, though. Other services like Xmarks (formerly Xmarks) have already gained good traction as options in this space.

For me, now that I already have a workable solution, I don’t see much benefit to moving. But if you’re a current RoboForm Pro user getting started with multiple machines, this is a good option.

I’ve looked at other password management options and I’ve yet to find one that works as well for me as RoboForm. Honestly, the fact that it doesn’t support Chrome or Opera is the main reason I still use Firefox as my preferred browser. It really is the program I can’t live without.

RoboForm Online is currently in a free beta for licensed users of RoboForm Pro. You’ll need your Order ID to register.

Learn more or sign up for RoboForm Online.

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By Scott Blitstein

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  1. I much prefer LastPass:

    https://lastpass.com/

    Natively stored in the cloud (encrypted with military-grade encryption, your password never leaves your computer, it’s all done with JS client-side), with bookmarklets, firefox extensions, excellent support for all types of forms, and with excellent features.

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  3. I was excited to think this might be some sort of online solution so I could use Roboform and Chrome. But as I read and learned it is only for password sync I think I will stick with my dropbox solution as well.

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  4. As a RoboForm Pro user, I was really glad to learn of this service. However, I’m also a Nokia E71 user and RoboForm’s Symbian app does not function on the E71’s smaller screen. I was hoping RoboForm Online would help bridge that gap, but I found RoboForm Online renders pretty badly on a mobile phone. I couldn’t get the web site to display at all, using Nokia’s native web browser. Opera Mini couldn’t do it, either. Only Skyfire could display RoboForm Online. Even then, it was necessary to scroll far to the left and right, in order to select and then view any RoboForm data.

    I hope the RoboForm folks can produce a better web app – one that is useful to mobile users. This is a good start, but not a great start.

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  5. I actually love the RoboForm software myself. I use it all of the time and it takes all of the menial everyday tasks that I have to perform on my computer daily and shortens them extremely! What once took me fifteen minutes to complete now takes me only one second because RoboForm does the same task with just one click. In fact I wrote a Report about a lot of RoboForm’s capabilities for use that aren’t even touched on in the User’s Manual for RoboForm. You can get that Report here:

    http://www.theroboformreport.com/indexb.html

    There is also a FREE version of RoboForm that you can download on this web page, just to test the RoboForm software out for yourself! I highly recommend it!

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  6. @werdnum – With chrome compatibility I’ll have to give LastPass another look. Thanks.

    @JL – No luck, I keep looking for ability to use with other browsers as well.

    @elmarko – Thanks for the alerts on mobile usage – we’ll have to see how they can make something useful for the more mobile users.

    @Omarra – I’m a big fan of the native RoboForm product as well. Thanks for your comments.

    SB

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  7. I recommend Lastpass for classic form filling like Roboform or iMacros (another Firefox extension) if you want form filling plus automation. Both tools are good and open source (Javascript!).

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  8. I love LastPass!

    It is free and was built from the ground up with portability in mind.

    It is far more secure and has more features than xmarks.

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  9. though Firefox3.0 can also maintain your long queue of passwords infact you can take its backup too whenever needed but i would prefer this roboform due to its independent and extra secure nature.

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