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A password manager is a great asset — perhaps even essential — for any computer system.

Not only does it help increase the overall security of your system, it can make everyday interactions a lot more convenient as well. Security and ease of use; it’s a win-win situation. With so many options out there, the only question remains which password manager suits you best.

RoboForm

RoboForm is one of the most established password managers and a major player in the field. For the past couple of years, a renewed interest in privacy and security has given birth to many alternative password management suites. If nothing else, this surge in competition has forced RoboForm to stay sharp. Almost fifteen years after its initial conception, it remains one of the major password management utilities.

We’re giving away ten 1-year, seven 3-year, and three 5-year RoboForm Everywhere licenses to twenty lucky MakeUseOf readers!

Originally an automatic form-filler, RoboForm has significantly expanded its feature set over the years. With your permission, it remembers and securely stores any password you’ve devised, automatically logging you in to your online accounts when necessary. All of those passwords are securely stored and encrypted with a master password that only you know. But that’s just the start of it.

Password Management

When you first start using RoboForm, you’ll have to choose a master password. This master password is used to secure and access all data stored by RoboForm. This data can take many forms, from personal details to bookmarks, but the cornerstone of RoboForm’s feature set is password management.

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If you log into a new account, RoboForm will ask your permission to store your credentials. You can specify a name for the current website and assign it to a category. (Tip: start using categories soon, so you keep an organized library while the number of passwords grow.) The next time you visit the website, RoboForm can log you in automatically.

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When you create a new account, you can use RoboForm to generate a password for you. If you’re happy to let RoboForm handle it password creation, you can make these passwords a lot more complex than you would if you were to memorize them yourself. Tweak RoboForm’s parameters to create a suitably strong password and fill in the registration form automatically.

After a generated password is filled into the registration form, it is temporarily copied to your clipboard. Upon completing the registration, RoboForm will immediately prompt you to save the credentials. It’s a well-integrated process.

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To edit or otherwise manage the credentials stored by RoboForm, it’s easiest to use the desktop applications that are available to Mac OS X and Windows. Apart from editing your credentials, these applications can be used as a sort of central hub; a single click to visit a specified batch of websites and sign in automatically.

Identities and Intelligent Form Filling

Form-filling is part of RoboForm’s history, but it remains a very strong selling point for RoboForm. Form-filling is a part of the feature set of many password management applications, but few do it as well as RoboForm.

You start by creating one or more identities. Multiple identities can be used to differentiate between your personal and professional details. This identity is fleshed out by entering details about your person and related information. There is an impressive amount of available fields, ranging from work address and bank details to favorite usernames. All of these are optional, so you can save as much as you feel comfortable with.

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If you’re browsing the Web and have to fill a form, RoboForm calls on the information of your identities to help you along as much as possible. It’s as simple as selecting an identity in the RoboForm browser toolbar or button.

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As its name already indicated, RoboForm performs strongly as a form-filler. Name, email and address fields are often easy to spot, and RoboForm’s excellent heuristics figure out most of what’s needed to complete the rest of the form.

RoboForm Start Page

There are a lot of ways to customise your start page and RoboForm start offers a simple but refreshing take. After installing RoboForm on your computer, you can reach a customised start page at start.roboform.com. For convenience, you can make this your default home page as well.

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Your favorite logins and bookmarks are added to the start page automatically, but can be swapped and reorganised as you see fit. Clicking on any of the tiles will first prompt you to unlock RoboForm with your master password, but will log you into the selected website immediately afterwards.

Supported Platforms and Browsers

RoboForm is supported on a wide range of different platforms and devices. The main desktop application, which is used as the hub for your data management, is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux (to a certain extent). Although the browser extensions are technically platform independent, the fact that these extensions often interface with the desktop applications (especially for management tasks) means that Linux support is inherently limited.

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Browser support is extensive, with support for all major browsers including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Opera. When you install the desktop application on Mac OS X or Windows, these browser extensions are automatically added to the relevant browsers.

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RoboForm also offers entirely free apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. However, you’ll need a RoboForm Everywhere account to keep your data synced with your main computer. These apps are beautifully designed and give you access to your data when you’re on the go. Similar to how other mobile password manager apps work, they come with an embedded browser that automatically logs you into your online accounts.

Packages and Pricing

RoboForm is offered in several different packages. The free version of RoboForm is limited to 10 saved logins, all stored locally. This may be useful for people with very few online logins and is best considered a trial version for other users.

Single License

The cap of 10 saved logins is removed when you purchase one of the desktop applications. A RoboForm Desktop license can be purchased for Windows or Mac OS X at $29.95. This license unlocks RoboForm on a single device and does not include automatic synchronisation across devices.

RoboForm2Go is a USB application for Windows computers. It’s available for $39.95 and lets you carry your data with you on a USB stick. The license is good for a single USB flash drive, but you can of course, use it on multiple Windows computers. Portable secure storage is also a great way to repurpose an old USB stick.

RoboForm Everywhere ($9.95 for the first year)

RoboForm Everywhere subscription unlocks all your devices with a single license. As long as you’re subscribed, RoboForm Everywhere gives you unlimited access to all desktop and mobile applications.

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On top of that, RoboForm Everywhere automatically synchronises all data between your different devices (still encrypted with your master password, of course). The first year is available for $9.95, with $19.95 for subsequent years.

How Do I Win A License?

RoboForm Everywhere

For mobile users, click here to enter.

The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

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  1. Melissa George
    October 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    i liked the program and its really nice and easy to use.

  2. raymond crisostomo
    October 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    very helpful especially if you have a lot of passwords

  3. Lily Kwan
    October 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I could benefit from a password manager.

  4. Carrie Talbot-Ashby
    October 1, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I tried a trial of Roboform once and forgot all about it as I changed laptops, but it helped me massively! This would be fab! Thanks!

  5. Daniel R
    October 1, 2014 at 6:28 am

    awesome program! i want license!

  6. Natalie Henderson
    September 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Great way to keep all your passwords to hand!

  7. Michael G
    September 30, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I've never used a password manager., but I can see how it would be very useful.

  8. tom homrich
    September 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    ROBOFORME

  9. Heather NC
    September 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

    IT help me say organized

  10. maria cristina
    September 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    great program

  11. Susan Race
    September 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I use roboform and I find it makes my life so much easier and it means I can have different passwords for all sites making things more secure.

  12. Susan Emery
    September 28, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I followed MakeUseOf on Google+
    I have un-followed & followed again & still cannot get the entry. Help!

  13. Jo Bryan
    September 28, 2014 at 1:39 am

    It helps me. I am my workforce

  14. Linda Hildebrand
    September 28, 2014 at 12:49 am

    saves time

  15. debra dubois
    September 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I have robo form what a great and easy way to get my work load done alot faster cant live without it :)

  16. Frank E Davidson
    September 27, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Beside saving passwords, I save sweepstakes into year, month with the day first then the prize.
    2014 year folder is added, then add the months.
    then under the correct year and month, like 2014 -10, enter the day like 1st or 30th then the prize $1,000,000. Then I use RoboForm to fill in the forms and then delete the sweepstakes as they expire.

  17. Sue E
    September 27, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I have used RoboForm for a few years now & I couldn't imagine how I lived without it!! Especially now-a-days when a lot of websites want you to create STRONG passwords with characters in them. It helps save time so that you have time to do other things!

  18. Carol S
    September 26, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Having RoboForm saves me a lot of time

  19. mahdiameri
    September 26, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Hi thank you is very good Only Best

  20. Annaloa H
    September 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I do a lot of competitions and roboform saves heaps of time.

  21. Florence Jacobs
    September 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Great program !

  22. Eva D
    September 25, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I have used roboform for years and I benefit greatly from it

  23. Kazuko Smith
    September 25, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I'm unemployed but my school is safe.

  24. Michael W Perkins
    September 24, 2014 at 4:11 am

    YES! I do TONS of sweeps, Hope it does autofill on mac Firefox..

  25. Nicolas D
    September 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Don't have to remember all those different passwords for every site

  26. Kamil B
    September 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I would like to try.

  27. Ariel A
    September 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    how it works? something interesting

  28. Paul Wilson
    September 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Yes. It makes accessing multiple sites easier.

  29. Csanad
    September 23, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I'm new to RoboForm, so I'm not sure yet. Eager to test it though...

  30. Jeffrey Massey
    September 23, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I use ROBO FORM all the time,my only problem is some sweeps do not allow auyo formating

  31. KP
    September 23, 2014 at 3:33 am

    It works for me. Thank you.

  32. l p
    September 23, 2014 at 2:48 am

    use it all the time - love it. thanks

  33. mike k
    September 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    i dont have to waste my mental energy trying to remember all the passwords i used

  34. Sandra Watts
    September 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I like it. Helps a lot. Thanks.

  35. Dorothy H
    September 22, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    It might benefit.

  36. Lorenzo S
    September 22, 2014 at 9:24 am

    yes!

  37. Anita T
    September 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I have used it off and on and like it.

  38. ?????? ?
    September 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Yes!

  39. Mesut Yaver
    September 21, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Yes.

  40. Alex Belicov
    September 21, 2014 at 7:41 am

    nice

  41. Anna J
    September 21, 2014 at 3:06 am

    New, not sure yet

  42. Teresa N
    September 21, 2014 at 1:22 am

    yes.. everyday and don't know what would do without it!

  43. Charlie Miliner
    September 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I've been using Roboform for about 3 years. Amazing software!

  44. Garnet Leib
    September 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I'm a user for 5+ years. great product

  45. Ben L
    September 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Very much so, thankyou for the chance to win.

  46. Linda F
    September 20, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Yes I love Roboform Password its fantastic.

  47. Nicole Y
    September 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I use Roboform every day and have been for years now, i dont think i could live without it! lol

  48. Rocco
    September 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I use it everyday

  49. Sharon T
    September 20, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Love Roboform, used it for years. Great prize.

  50. jason kinnin
    September 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

    yes it does!

  51. Nikki
    September 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

    yes

  52. Thomas Stachelski
    September 20, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Yes, it does for me!

  53. David Smith
    September 20, 2014 at 5:49 am

    I use LastPass right now, haven't tried RoboForm

  54. Prabhath K
    September 20, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Yes, it would be really GREAT!

  55. Darrell B
    September 20, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Uh, I guess it could.

  56. Colin H
    September 20, 2014 at 2:00 am

    It really improves my workflow because I do not need to create difficult new passwords and memorize all of them. I'm currently using 1Password as my sole password manager.

  57. Rhonda Martin
    September 20, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I actually have a version of Roboform and love it.

  58. Tukang N
    September 19, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    thanks for giveaway

  59. Denis K
    September 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    yes, it would be really cool

  60. Ron Ablang
    September 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I gotta have a PW manager like RoboForm. Quite useful.

  61. Terry Mac
    September 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I used the basic Roboform from years ago, might like to try the updated version. Hope there is more support for problems than the other one....maybe I purchased it just before they became a subscription and that is why I was unable to get help with problems?

  62. Jon Heil
    September 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Saves time and great for my sweepstakes!

  63. Francesco Fiorino
    September 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Yes, it would be really GREAT!

  64. Anna Eiram M
    September 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I would benefit much for this password manager since all my passwords are unique and at the same time complex which is far that I can remember all of those.

  65. Garnet Leib
    September 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Have used for years and is great

  66. Michelle Washburn
    September 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I really could use this for my work flow and some personal business

  67. Bryan A
    September 19, 2014 at 8:36 am

    It would definitely benefit!

  68. jayjay
    September 19, 2014 at 7:41 am

    not really

  69. Krzysztof K
    September 19, 2014 at 7:19 am

    every site different password ransom generated - how this managing ?? - Using Roboform :-)

  70. Bjørnar B
    September 19, 2014 at 6:07 am

    dont work

  71. Alex
    September 19, 2014 at 5:18 am

    yes because I have a lot of passwords and its hard to remenber them and on mobile devices its a pain to put them in

  72. Jennifer Phillips
    September 19, 2014 at 3:58 am

    I think everyone could use a pw manager these days, it is getting important to have a different one for every site.

  73. Dewa C
    September 19, 2014 at 2:50 am

    hmm not sure...

  74. Stephen D
    September 19, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Yes, I couldn't get through the day without using RoboForm.

  75. jeff
    September 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    yes I could use a password manager

  76. Sharon Haas
    September 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Everything I do requires passwords and if I had to think them up and keep track of them all then they'd all be my dogs name. Thanks to my years of dependence on Roboform, I am safe everywhere and the password generator is the best I have ever used.

  77. jose benavides
    September 18, 2014 at 6:55 am

    yes I would so benefit from it and it would help me so much for not wasting time.

  78. Howard Steeley
    September 18, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Using Roboform for years and a free year would be great.

  79. Chris K
    September 18, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Managing tools are integral at workflow. Yes, Roboform or any type of password manager would benefit giving better flexibility over data without having to retain a tonne of different passwords

  80. NormanSwe
    September 17, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I have been using Roboform but I am thinking about switching to Sticky Password. Have anyone heard of these guys? They seem pretty nice. They don't force you to put everything into the cloud and on their servers, you can have your database on your PC locally. And their mobile versions are for free

  81. Michael K
    September 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Been using it before, using last pass atm. but could see myself using this again :-)

  82. Brian Kautz
    September 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I've been using Roboform for the last 3 years and would love another year free

  83. KAREN DEGRAAF
    September 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    LOVE BEING ABLE TO HAVE ALL PASSWORDS SAVED, AND EASY FAST FORM FOR SWEEPSTAKES

  84. Imaduddin S
    September 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Yes it helps in logging into sites automatically and prevents me from having typos while writing Usernames and passwords !

  85. Ronald O
    September 17, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Yes, it’s great . I like RoboForm!

  86. Joanne Mapp
    September 17, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I can have individual passwords for each site I visit without the hassle of having to remember them

  87. Larry
    September 17, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Man could I use Roboform. Certainly would help with passwords and my productivity.

  88. Peter H
    September 17, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Terrified of losing or forgetting the master password.

  89. John C
    September 17, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Used Roboform a while ago it has emproved

  90. Ruksana
    September 17, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Yes and I love RoboForm!

  91. Zombie
    September 17, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Yes, it’s great . I like RoboForm!

  92. Torvic T
    September 17, 2014 at 12:59 am

    I manage many accounts like forums and social account so Roboform will definitely help me to save and manage all my account in one organize program.

  93. Lynne OConnor
    September 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Definitely. I have hundreds of password protected accounts across the internet

  94. Darlene W
    September 16, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Yes, it's great . I love RoboForm!

  95. Jan N
    September 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    It is magical!

  96. laurelnev
    September 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    LOVE Roboform. My roboform is like a walk down memory lane, due to all the p/ws I have for dead sites.

  97. Aaron
    September 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I couldn't remember all my passwords without one.

  98. Carolyn B
    September 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    This would be perfect for us!

  99. Howell
    September 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This would definitely speed up my workflow.

  100. Eugenie
    September 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I already use Roboform on my laptop. The Everywhere version would be very useful on my tablet and phone.

  101. Tracy N
    September 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Yes, I already have Roboform and use it everyday but only on my laptop so would love the everywhere version!

  102. Tracey Peach
    September 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Yes My Workload flows better with a password manager

  103. Igor S
    September 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Yes it does.

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