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Screenshots: Five utilities for managing your passwords

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Over the last several years, password management has become increasingly more difficult. Thanks to the Web and to cloud applications, there are far more passwords to remember than ever before. Furthermore, passwords are often archaic and must be frequently changed. Fortunately, there are a number of Single Sign On (SSO) and password management utilities available. This article outlines five such utilities that are targeted for use by individuals or small businesses.

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10 comments
doug1940
doug1940

I also like Keepass2 as it also has a Linux vesion and the database can be transported between operating systems

haakaa2
haakaa2

I have aprox 200 different logins- As a backup I have both a copy of Roboform "password" file AND a printed backup. I have never been able to find a better login app :-)

mfa
mfa

I've been using Roboform for a couple of years and generally like it. However, if you move the cursor over 4 of the icons in the toolbar (not hovering, mind you, just grazing the hotspot will do it) the underlying menu pops up and stays there for a 2 or 3 seconds. Serious obtrusive, if you're moving the cursor from the address bar, say, to the page display, and make the mistake of passing over Generate. They have similar over-agressive popups when viewing the Logins dropdown list. I would much prefer requiring a click to pop in both these cases. There are also problems with multi-page logins, but there may be a non-obvious way to deal with them. But all in all, I like it.

robertjvan
robertjvan

I've been using Roboform for longs I can remember 10+ yeass anyways best way too go IMHO.

AZ_IT
AZ_IT

Having your passwords stored online may be unnerving until you understand that the passwords sent to LastPass are encrypted on your computer before they are sent up to the cloud. LastPass can also be configured with a number of different types of multi-factor authentication including a Ubikey. Oh and the paid version of LastPass comes to you at the cost of $1/month. The most reasonable subscription charge I've ever seen (you need the paid version to use a Ubikey).

RCS
RCS

Like ShaiLash I too have been using RoboForm (in one form or another) for as long as I can remember. I originally started with the desktop vers 4 or 5 and also the portable version (I was using a palm pilot back then) on a 256MB (WOW) USB flash card. The ONLY gripe I have had with RoboForm is I originally purchased the "lifetime" upgrade option and when they went to version 7 they rescinded that offer and now I pay annually. Did not like that (on principle) but I did like the program so much that I got over it and now pay annually. With the iPhone app, I now have no need of the portable program - but this is DEFINATELY the one to look at first and compare the others to!!

ShaiLash
ShaiLash

For the sake of expansion of info, not much for discussion purposes. I've been with Roboform for years. It replaced "Norton Password Manager (Symantech) for me, after testing many others. Just for information completion: a. Roboform has both "portable" and "desktop/laptop" versions. The portable is installed on a Disk On Key and you can use it on any computer anywhere. b. Roboform has (for any version) the ability to synchronize with an online secure account (an optional subscription) so if your Roboform data is lost you always have your data. c. Roboform allows for "bookmarks" which when used can log you in to a website directly. No need to browse there and there login. Just F.Y.I.

jdm
jdm

I use LastPass and am mostly happy with it. The only annoyance is that it doesn't recognize the logon form for some web sites and so it won't fill the fields. There seems to be a lot of different methods used for site logon so I can appreciate the challenge. Do the other SSO utilities have similar issues?

JCitizen
JCitizen

The "LAST" password manager you'll ever need. All my indigent clients love it. They can't afford other paid solutions. Even the employees at LastPass do not have access to your "blobs".

JCitizen
JCitizen

I know what you mean though; I just copy and paste the information on those popout boxes if they won't auto fill. So far, so good. (edited) - and it is pretty hard to gripe about FREE!!