Can This Robot Manage Your Passwords?
RoboForm is one of the best and most popular password managers on the market. Version 8 was released recently, and the company invites you to try it for free for one year! Let’s see what’s new and improved in Roboform 8…
RoboForm Version 8 is Here
First, here’s a quick answer to the question, “Why RoboForm?” Sure, modern browsers have rudimentary password managers that remember credentials for most sites you visit, making logins faster and easing the burden on your overloaded human memory. Roboform does that basic task, of course.
But RoboForm 8 goes beyond the basics. It not only stores your passwords, it helps you create strong ones and manage them so that you don’t fall into the traps I described in my article, Here’s Why Your Password Is Hackable.
It’s easy enough to import passwords stored by your browser into RoboForm 8. A new feature, dubbed Security Center/Password Audit, can then check your passwords for strength, flagging the ones that are weak or common and offering suggestions that will beef them up.
The audit also flags duplicates, sites on which you are using the same password. That’s a big security no-no; you wouldn’t use one key to secure your house, car, office, gym locker, and safety deposit box. RoboForm 8 can now find duplicated passwords and help you change them to unique passwords. That takes a lot of the drudgery out of fixing all those weak passwords.
Another new feature is the ability to designate an “emergency contact,” a trusted friend or family member who will be able to access all your RoboForm data stored on the company’s server in the event that you are incapacitated, incarcerated, dead, or otherwise unable to do it yourself. This feature is a form of “Digital Estate Planning” https://askbobrankin.com/rip_digital_estate_planning.html that can spare your loved ones a lot of hassles when you are not around and they need to access online accounts you left behind. Another type of emergency might be, “I forgot my RoboForm master password.” Your emergency contact, hopefully, hasn’t forgotten theirs.
But Wait… There's More!
RoboForm is not just for website logins. If you have applications that require a password, or digital documents that must be unlocked before they can be read or edited, RoboForm can store those passwords, too.
RoboForm also stores data such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and credit card numbers, so that it can automatically fill in forms that require such data. Form data can be backed up to an online account, and shared across devices or with others.
“To help celebrate the release of RoboForm 8,” the company is offering a free year of RoboForm Everywhere, the cloud-based service that syncs passwords and usernames across all of your devices. Normally $19.95 per year, RoboForm Everywhere is for the mobile or gadget-rich user. It also allows you to securely share passwords with co-workers, family members, or friends, with fine control over what each person can access in your RoboForm account. Tech support via email or phone is also included.
RoboForm consistently wins top honors among password managers. It’s new features can help you bolster your password security, a vital step in the ever-escalating war against hackers.
Do you use Roboform, or another password manager? If not, tell me why. If you do, which is your favorite? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 3 Nov 2017
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