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that Dr. Hain has discovered by trial and error.
Roboform -- Password storage
Roboform stores 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 want to keep your passwords, we don't think it is wise to trust lots of 3rd parties like this, and we think it is best to just stick with Roboform. A browser based password program, obviously locks you into a single browser, and do you really want your passwords stored by google, firefox, and microsoft ?
- As of 12/2020, Roboform degraded significantly with an update. Not very civil, Roboform. Some more comments below.
- Roboform is often very 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 is lime green and black ! I guess OK, but lime green?
- Roboform blocks storage of password files on "synced" drives. This is a pain. Dropbox doesn't work. Roboform has gotten around this by storing your passwords on its own servers and using "sync".
- Roboform does have an export mechanism. With some difficulty, you can export to a csv file. This is very good. Bravo.
- The "Roboform anywhere" is a subscription model , 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 at work -- undermine your competitors. There is a huge "Nag" that pops up on top of useful screen real-estate (see above), and just keeps popping up there, day after day. Rather annoying considering how Roboform updates can "blow up" your Roboform interface. The Roboform update closes EVERYTHING on your desktop. Rather annoying.
- 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.
Dealing with the new update (as of 12/2020).
- Without any warning, Roboform updated itself in Dec 2020, and created some huge new issues. This is pretty typical of Roboform - -constantly pushing out updates, some of which are toxic.
- The core problem with the update is that there are now two interfaces to Roboform -- one that doesn't have a full set of features, and one that has more stuff but doesn't easily fill in passwords. See next.
- The update sometimes (really) has two little green icons (see above). One at the upper right hand side, and one at the bottom on your task bar. The top one produces a big intrusive pop-up that offers to login for you, although with a rather clumsy selection process (right click). The bottom one is more capable in general but doesn't offer to login for you.
I have looked at some competitors.
- Lastpass. There is a free version and a paid version. It perhaps is a little more friendly than Roboform. It will autofill without asking, and if there is a password stored, it adds little funky things to the area where you type in the username and password. It does not seem as "meaty" as roboform, and I am thinking better the "devil you know" rather than the one you don't know. Still, not too bad.
December 18, 2020
, Timothy C. Hain, M.D.
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