Automate Your Logins

June 17, 2006

How many Web sites do you visit each day that require you to log in? If you’re like me, the number is fairly large. Some sites allow you to make up your own user name and password while others assign them for you. What about those long forms that always seem to ask for the same information?

The real problem is trying to remember all that information. Sure, you can save a list somewhere, but that isn’t the most secure system in the world and it surely doesn’t save you any time. Browsers are smart enough to save some information, but not nearly smart enough to save everything you need.

I got so fed up last fall that I went looking for a solution. The solution I found is RoboForm. It quickly installs on your system and hooks into almost all browsers. OK, I can’t name a browser with which it doesn’t work. When you first install, you have to assign one master password. That is the key to getting into the RoboForm vault of data for other sites.

The first time you visit a site, you still have to fill out a form. When you press Submit, Roboform will ask if you wish to save the data and what name you would like to give the snippet of data. Typically you name it after the site you are visiting. You can also enter a wide variety of common data such as your name, address, phone, payment details, etc.

If you visit a site again, RoboForm will give you the option of filling the form or even filling and submitting with a single click. It does this through a toolbar installed in your browser. The toolbar does take up a little bit of space, but the service it provides is well worth the space it takes. Believe me, you’ll save a ton of time. If you get to a form asking for that common data I described, just push a button and RoboForm will fill as much as possible. Again, a huge time savings.

I know, it sounds great. But you don’t have to believe me, you can try it yourself. Download the installer and give it a try for free. After the trial period ends, you can either pay a reasonable amount for the features it provides or uninstall it. There is no adware or spyware included, so it is perfectly safe to try.

The best part is that I have only scratched the surface of the features myself so I’m not telling you about everything it can do. I’m simply telling you about the stuff I use on a daily basis. I don’t think I could surf the Web without Roboform any more. Want more details? Just visit the RoboForm site and you’ll find a ton of information on what it can do for you.

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