How many passwords do you have to know or remember? I think if you took the time to count them all, you would be pretty surprised.
Multiple e-mail accounts, web site logins, client VPN connections, RDP server logins, GP logins, GP system passwords, and FTP sites are just some of the passwords I have to manage.
Multiply these by the number of clients you have to manage, and you will quickly exceed your ability to remember them, especially if you haven't used them for several months.
I used to track most of the common passwords in memory, and then used a password protected Excel spreadsheet for reference.
But when I added in all of my personal passwords (bank web site, credit card site, health insurance site, retirement account site, dozens of e-commerce sites, ATM pins, frequent flyer sites, etc.), it was clear that all of those passwords were too cumbersome to manage.
I spent a few weeks evaluating different apps that help manage passwords. I tried common free and open source options and I tried a few commercial products. I think I eventually went to CNet Reviews to see what product they ranked as the best password manager.
At the time, they recommended a product called RoboForm
, so I downloaded the trial version. At first, I was pretty puzzled by the product, and…