This space holds helpful information about things
that Dr. Hain has discovered by trial and error.
Roboform -- Awesome little browser add-on.
Roboform is a clever program that stores your passwords. Whenever you go to a website, and it asks for a password, Roboform pops up and asks you if you want to fill it in. While browsers and all sorts of other groups want to keep your passwords, we don't think it is wise to trust lots of 3rd parties, and we think it is best to just stick with Roboform.
- Sometimes is a bit intrusive. When I fill in a new form, it will pop up and ask me if I want to save the password. About 9/10 times, it makes a mistake.
- The color scheme also is something that only a color blind person could love. Lime green and orange ! Really.
- Roboform seems to have blocked storage of password files on "synced" drives. This is a pain. Dropbox doesn't work. Not very civil, Roboform. Perhaps a reason to replace Roboform with a competitor.
- Roboform also has no useful export mechanism -- again, looks like trying to make it harder to jump ship. Not very civil Roboform.
- The "Roboform anywhere" is basically a subscription model roboform, that provides you with sync capabilities. This works fairly well, although of course, locks you into a $19.95/year subscription for the forseeable future.
- Roboform has updates roughly every week. Every browser that updates -- seems to knock Roboform out. I guess competition. There is a "Nag" that pops up on top of useful screen real-estate (see above), and just keeps popping up there. Rather annoying to say the least. The Roboform updated closes EVERYTHING on your desktop.
- I have read that the Roboform password fill can be hijacked, which would seem to take away the whole reason for using a password manager.
Still, a great value.
September 20, 2020
, Timothy C. Hain, M.D.
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