Anytime you can be more efficient, you’re better off, right?
As I was logging into WordPress to blog from a different computer today, I was struck by how much I love my little password tool. Now, Internet Explorer will remember your usernames and passwords, but there have been so many security issues with IE over the years, I would never trust it with my private information. I have several online accounts that have a log-in, as do most people. Of course there are passwords I would never care if anyone learned (like sidestep.com or driver.com – great resources), but there are also passwords that are critical to me, (like my bank account and my dubli.com account).
And I know people who consistently use the SAME username and password everywhere they go on the internet. Are you one of those people? Think about it, if you are, and someone knows ONE of your log-ins, then, they know ALL of your log-ins.
In any case, almost a year ago, a friend told me about a VERY secure little tool called Roboform that resides on your computer, and remembers all of your passwords for you. For your really important accounts, it can generate super secure passwords for you. If you’re like me, you’ve always stayed away from those because they were too hard to remember.
So how does Roboform help you when you are on a different computer? There is a portable version that resides on your portable USB or U3 flash drive (often called a jump drive). Like the PC version, it can only be accessed with a master password, so it is secure, even if it is lost or stolen. With all of my online accounts, and all of my DIFFERENT log-ins, I’ll bet this software saves me 2-3 hours per week, and increases the security of my online accounts. To check it out for yourself, visit
www.MyFastEasyPasswords.com. Roboform is even trusted by the Better Business Bureau. I bet you’re going to tell all of your friends about it. It’s just that great!
Now, back to the people who use the same log-ins (or even very similar ones) for all of your online accounts, I want you to make changes NOW (please). Identity theft is a very real problem, and I don’t want you to be the next victim.
- Go to MyFastEasyPasswords.com then download and install the software. Use it free for 30 days.
- Go to an important web site that you use
- Log-in (Roboform will ask you if you want it to remember – go ahead and say yes)
- Change your password
- Write the new password down
- Log out
- Log back in with the new password
- Overwrite the old password with the new password in Roboform
- Go back to step #2 until you’re can’t remember any others
Have more than one log-in on a particular site? For example, I have a business log-in and a personal log-in for my banking. When you save the log-in, you get the opportunity to name it. Roboform offers you a name, based on the Title of the web page you are logging in on. If it offers you ‘ABC Bank’, simply name it ‘ABC Bank – Personal’
Enough on that. ‘See’ you tomorrow!