That means it’s an app the runs on Mac, Windows PCs, iPhone and iPad, and even on Android devices. And, importantly synchronizes login IDs and passwords between each device. That requirement narrows the list down considerably, but here’s one that works well everywhere, costs less, and has iOS versions for free.
Robotic Forms. And, Passwords
The friendly cross platform app in question has a strange name. It’s called RoboForm, a somewhat typical user ID and password manager. RoboForm works on Macs, Windows PCs, iPhone and iPad, many Android devices, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. There’s even an option to use RoboForm2G on a USB flash drive to take your passwords with you.
The name appears to be derived from another useful feature. RoboForm works beyond user ID and passwords by filling in longer forms with appropriate personal data. The Mac version of RoboForm may be all you need and it works with most popular Mac browsers to enable automatic login (Safari, Firefox, Chrome). Buy the Everywhere version and use the iPhone and iPad versions for free (as well as other devices).
RoboForm has fields for personal data and user ID and password. Data is secured with AES-256 bit encryption, with a few additional security options built in. One master password serves as your encryption key.
RoboForm works with all major browsers for the Mac, but also Internet Explorer for Windows. Choose to store your data in the cloud (and make it accessible on other devices), or use the Desktop mode and store data only on your Mac.
Also built in are options to login to multiple sites at the same time, generate strong passwords, capture and store user IDs and passwords as you enter them into a website, manage bookmarks, sync and backup data to be shared between multiple devices.
RoboForm is fast, elegant, easily usable and highly secure. If there’s a free version, then what’s the catch?
That depends upon your perspective and requirements. The RoboForm Everywhere option is subscription based. The RoboForm Desktop for Mac or Windows is moderately priced (more than free, less than 1Password) but limited to a single license per computer, so if you have multiple devices then there are multiple payments.
Then there’s the aforementioned RoboForm2Go Windows option for USB sticks which works on any Windows-based PC, but is one license per USB. The free version, appropriately called RoboForm Free keeps all devices synchronized and safe but is limited to 10 logins. That makes it more like a free but limited trial version than a full version that’s actually free.