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[Windows] RoboForm is an excellent password manager [Mac OS X]

roboform_login [1]In today’s world, digital security is essential. One of the main ways to keep yourself and your data safe is to have strong passwords. However, it isn’t easy to create a unique, strong password for each account you have because it isn’t easy to remember them all. That is where a password manager comes in.

Password managers store and remember passwords for you, so you don’t have to. All you have to do is remember the master password to unlock your password manager whenever you want it use it, and you are golden. dotTech has a review on the best free password managers for Windows [2]. If, however, you don’t like the password managers we suggested, you can always try RoboForm. Let’s see if RoboForm is worth your time.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

RoboForm is a password manager that stores your usernames, password, and other form data (such as name, address, credit card numbers, etc.).

RoboForm comes in five versions: RoboForm Free ($0), RoboForm Pro Desktop ($29.95), RoboForm Mac ($29.95), RoboForm2Go ($39.95), and RoboForm Everywhere ($19.95 per year). RoboForm Free is completely free but limits you to storing ten logins. RoboForm Pro Desktop costs $29.95 and lets you store unlimited logins locally on your computer. Roboform2Go costs $39.95, lets you store unlimited logins, and is portable, allowing you to carry it anywhere on a USB flash drive. RoboForm Everywhere costs $19.95 per year and it syncs your data across all your computers and mobile devices; with RoboForm Everywhere you can use either RoboForm Pro Desktop or RoboForm2go for storing your passwords, with the only feature difference being that your data is synced to the cloud if you purchase an Everywhere license.

RoboForm Pro Desktop and RoboForm2Go work on Windows; RoboForm Mac works on Mac OS X; RoboForm Everywhere lets you use RoboForm on both Windows and Mac OS X plus use RoboForm apps on iOS (for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android (for smartphones and tablets); RoboForm Free gives you all the features of RoboForm Everywhere except that RoboForm Free limits you to ten logins.

Pros

Cons

Conclusion and Download Link

roboform_screenshot [3]RoboForm is an excellent password manager. I’ve been personally using RoboForm (Pro Desktop version) for years and can’t imagine living without it. The best feature I love about RoboForm is its excellent browser integration, which takes the pain out of using a password manager. Overall, two thumbs up.

That said, do I recommend RoboForm? Eh. What ticks me off most about RoboForm is that you can no longer easily export your stored data. Who the hell does Siber Systems — the developer of RoboForm — think they are? By not allowing people to export their data, Siber Systems is essentially putting a gun to our heads and saying: “Once you use RoboForm, you must continue to use RoboForm — you can’t move to something else”. As I said, I personally use RoboForm and will continue to use because I see no reason to switch to anything else, but I’m hesitant to tell new RoboForm users to jump into this pit with no easy ability to come out.

If not being able to export data doesn’t bother you, then by all means get RoboForm — it s a very, very good program. However, if not being able to export data does bother you, then skip out on RoboForm and read dotTech’s review on best free password managers [2] to learn of other password managers that you can use.

Price: Free (Free Desktop), $29.95 (Pro Desktop), $19.99 per year (Everywhere)

Version reviewed: 7.9.2

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Mac OS X

Download size: Varies depending on version — Windows version if 13.6 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/48 [4] (Windows)

Is it portable? Yes, if you get the portable version

RoboForm homepage [5]