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

The biggest reason to choose RoboForm over one of the other password managers listed here, aside from the smart form-filling technology for names and addresses, is if you find yourself submitting a lot of form information into Windows applications other than Web browsers.

Cost: Free version; RoboForm Everywhere, $9.95; RoboForm Desktop for Windows or Mac, $29.95; RoboForm2Go, $39.95. Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PalmOS, Symbian. 

The RoboForm toolbar (here, for Chrome) lets you perform form fills and other RoboForm actions with one click.

SplashIDSplashID is not a bad program on the whole, but like Password Safe, it suffers from a lack of direct integration with the desktop.

Fire up SplashID and the first thing you're likely to notice is the similarity to Microsoft Office 2007. SplashID has the same look, complete with the ribbon and the orb. Records in the database consist of up to nine customizable fields and a free-form notes area, so you aren't limited to mere username/password pairs. Databases come prepopulated with some sample data, including the likes of credit cards and software serial numbers, so you can see for yourself what all the fields are intended to hold. The database can be locked with either a password or a drawn pattern.

The biggest drawback with SplashID is how it focuses more on storing and managing this data than anything else. First problem: the lack of integration with any browser but Internet Explorer. No other browsers are currently supported for direct integration by the program, which seems bizarre given that IE has become an also-ran next to Firefox and Chrome.

Second problem: no global hotkey. There's no way to get the program to autotype a given password entry into anything except Internet Explorer. If you want to use it with any other program -- browser or not -- you have to copy and paste from the program. SplashID does have an option to automatically clear the clipboard after a given number of minutes, but it's not enabled by default.


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