2 of the Most Widely Used One-Click Password Management Products

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Here are two of the best password management products in the market today.

I can honestly say, I do not know how I would manage my 200+ online accounts without using one of these services. It allows me more time to focus on helping my customers, and sharing important information through my Twitter & Blog.

Both products have a FREE and PAID version, depending on the amount of information you wish to store

The first is RoboForm:

RoboForm was named PC Magazine Editor’s Choice, and CNET Download.com’s Software of the Year.    RoboForm allows you to:
. Manage your passwords and Log In automatically.
. Fill long registration and checkout forms with one click.
. Encrypt your passwords to achieve complete security.
. Generate random passwords to maximize password strength.
. Back up and Synchronise Passwords between computers.
. Fight Phishing and Defeat Keyloggers.
RoboForm Password Manager works with:

  • IE 6, 7, 8
  • Firefox 2, 3, 3.5, 3.6
  • Chrome/Chromium
  • XP, Server, Vista, Windows 7
  • USB Devices
  • iPhone, Android, WinMobile, Palm, BlackBerry, Symbian

Let RoboForm manage your passwords and fill forms with one click!

Buy RoboForm Pro to get unlimited passcards and identities, free updates, toll-free technical support.

The second is LastPass

Price: Free (premium edition $12/year)

System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista (IE 5.5+, Firefox 2+), OS X 10.4+ (Firefox only), Linux i386 and x86_64 (Firefox only)

LastPass will make you more secure online, period. It combines a well-designed web service with browser add-ons (for IE on Windows and Firefox on Windows, OS X, and Linux). The first time you visit a web page that requires you to log on with a user name and password, LastPass records the credentials so that you can fill them in automatically later. When you register for a new account at a web page, you can use a secure password generator to create, enter, and save a random, impossible-to-guess password exclusively for that site.

What makes LastPass different from RoboForm is its superb web-based integration. Every time you save a set of credentials, that information is encrypted locally on your computer, using AES-256 keys and a master password only you know. To retrieve the encrypted data, you have to supply the same master password, and again the decryption is done locally.

If you’re sitting down at someone else’s computer, you can retrieve user names and saved passwords from the lastpass.com website. But the system really shines when you install the browser plug-in, which takes a few seconds and allows you to work with your password vault on a new PC immediately. You can also create and store personal data for use in auto-filling forms, another RoboForm feature that LastPass frankly does better.

The creators of LastPass, which just came out of beta a few weeks ago, promise that the basic service will be free in perpetuity, with only some unobtrusive ads to generate revenue. For an extra $12 a year, you can use the Premium version, which adds support for Blackberry devices (iPhone support is up next) and two-factor authentication via Yubikey. But the free version does everything most people will need, and I recommend it enthusiastically.

I am always interested in getting to know products & services, so please contact me or leave comments of your favourite software tool.


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