Tip: RoboForm + USB Flash Drive

Reader Dan Cross made an interesting find that might interest you on either of two counts: (1) if you have, or might get as a gift, one of those little USB-based solid state "flash drives" or "thumb drives;" or if you’re interested in a spyware-free secure password-keeper, e-wallet, and form filler.

Hi Fred, A while ago, on your advice, I started using RoboForm, and I have seen it to be a wonderful tool. I was wandering around the RoboForm web site one day and happened onto this page http://www.roboform.com/removeable.html  that showed how to put the info from RoboForm’s data files onto a removable USB drive. RoboForm automatically detects the drive when I plug it in, and I yank it out for added security after I’m finished logging in, or whatever. I thought the added security was pretty cool, and since I had just gotten one of those little "thumb" drives, I HAD to play with it. —Dan

Thanks, Dan.

Those little USB drives are great, and the price is dropping fast, too. (See http://langa.com/u/1z.htm ) They’re already downright cheap in the smaller capacities, and I have my eye on the larger ones— say, around a GB or so. When those prices drop a bit further, I’ll be able to store a compressed daily backup of "My Documents" safely encrypted on a keychain device. Talk about portable data!

And Roboform is a wonder. There’s a "Lite" version for free, and an inexpensive Pro version (that’s what I use). It automatically fills forms; generates, remembers, and fills in your logins and passwords for you; and even stores free-form notes— all safely encrypted. Highly recommended. See http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=roboform&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000



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Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.