Regular Cheapskate readers know of my fondness for password managers, which not only take the hassle out of modern Interwebbing, but also give you a much better shot at avoiding hack-tastrophes. (Yes, I'm all about the word mashups today -- or, as I like to call them, "portmanteaus.")
Because it's National Cyber Security Awareness Month (man, it just comes earlier every year, doesn't it?), the good folks at RoboForm are giving away their great product: RoboForm Everywhere. Specifically, you can get a one-year subscription absolutely free. Regular price: $19.95.
As you might expect, this offer is good for new users only. If you're already a user, you can save 20 percent on a subscription renewal. (Just click the corresponding button on the promo page.) Come October 2015, you can decide if you want to continue. I suspect you'll want to.
Like most password managers, RoboForm Everywhere performs several seriously useful functions. It manages your passwords, duh. But it can also generate secure ones for you -- a different one for each site, which goes a long way toward keeping you safe if a site gets hacked.
Even better, it can autofill your login information as you bop from site to site, a huge time-saver. (It can autofill forms as well, an even huger time-saver.) And because your license is good for Web, desktop, and mobile clients, all your data is available to you pretty much everywhere.
CNET called RoboForm Everywhere "one of the most useful browser enhancements we've encountered" and gave it a 4.5-star rating. Some 4,000 CNET readers rated it the same.
Suffice it to say, if you're not currently using a password manager or don't particularly like the one you have, grab this freebie. The offer is good through Oct. 10.
Bonus deal: Game time! If you're a Mac user, here's your chance to score a top-rated action title on the cheap: StackSocial has Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition for $9.99. Price elsewhere: $19.99. GameSpot called it "an exceptional game" and scored it a 9 out of 10.
Bonus deal No. 2: It's back! Woot once again has the refurbished HP Chromebook 14 with free lifetime 4G data for $209.99, plus $5 for shipping. From what I've heard from readers who jumped on this during previous offers, the Chromebook 14 is a fabulous non-Windows laptop, and the 200MB monthly data allotment is icing on the cake. I'm grabbing one for Mrs. Cheapskate (don't tell!).