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
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