Review: 7 password managers for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android

1Password and KeePass lead the field in features, flexibility, browser integration, and ease-of-use

By Serdar Yegulalp, InfoWorld |  Security, password manager, password managment

One of RoboForm's major selling points is the ability to rapidly fill out forms that require a name, address, phone number, and so on. Once you've entered this information into RoboForm via an "identity" entry, it can be automatically filled into any Web form that asks for it. The program's heuristics for figuring out what information to put into which fields is very good; I rarely had to make changes by hand. Another nice feature is a way to automatically log into multiple websites at once -- for instance, as a first-thing-in-the-morning routine.

If you've been using another program to store passwords, RoboForm can probably tap into it. RoboForm imports data from LastPass, KeePass, 1Password, SplashID, Firefox's own password store, and a number of other formats. I ran into a little issue importing data from KeePass, however. KeePass saves previous versions of changed entries, and RoboForm tried to import the old versions of those entries along with the new -- but considered them to be dupes. Fortunately, the importer let me change the names of each duplicated entry to work around this problem.

RoboForm sports a number of professional-grade features I wasn't expecting to see. It works with Windows Biometrics and UPEK-compliant fingerprint readers (like the one in my Toshiba notebook), and it has a dual-password mode to allow employees and supervisors to share credentials without sharing usernames and passwords, although the latter is available only if you use AES, Blowfish, or RC6 encryption on the password database, as opposed to DES or 3DES. You can switch encryption modes easily.

RoboForm comes in a few different editions. RoboForm2Go runs from a flash drive or other portable device. RoboForm Lite for Chrome or Firefox works solely as a browser extension, offering no integration with other Windows apps. The for-pay and professional versions of the program add features like the ability to autofill multiline fields or allow secure credential deployment throughout an organization. There's also the RoboForm Everywhere service, which allows syncing between all installations of RoboForm for $9.95 a year. RoboForm used to have an unlimited lifetime-upgrade policy, but sadly this was phased out after version 7 was introduced.

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