Password management, am I right?
If you're anything like the members of my family, you have a
few weak passwords you use for various Web sites and services, and
you can never remember which one goes where.
Maybe you write them down, but then invariably the Post-It
note goes missing. Keeping them in a spreadsheet? Good plan, but
that's hardly a secure spot for important data.
What you need is a password manager, a tool for securely
storing all your passwords, generating hack-proof new ones for your
online activities, auto-filling those passwords so you don't have
to type them manually, and syncing them between your various
computers and mobile devices.
RoboForm starts with a software client that's available for
both Windows and Mac. It's basically a heavily encrypted database
for all kinds of important info: passwords, credit card numbers,
Social Security numbers, software registration codes, and so
But the software also integrates with your Web browser,
offering to generate ultra-secure passwords for you as needed and
apply those passwords whenever you sign into a site that requires
one. It also offers automated online-form completion, meaning you
won't have to type your name and address every time you buy
something online. Very handy.
The RoboForm Everywhere license automatically syncs all your
RoboForm data between your Windows/Mac computers and your mobile
devices. (RoboForm apps are available for Android, BlackBerry, and
If you're not already using a tool like this, you won't
believe how much easier it makes your online life. And $15 for a
two-year subscription is an outright steal. (You can turn it into
an actual steal, too: As with other LivingSocial offers, if you can
get three friends to buy in after you make your purchase, the deal
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Have you found a password manager you like better? If so, tell
me about it in the comments!Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.