Last month I wrote about a free password manager, recommending that all computer users everywhere should absolutely positively use such a program.
At the same time, I professed my love for Dashlane, a really polished password manager that I liked well enough to actually splurge for the Premium version. But lots of users proclaimed RoboForm the better product, and who am I to argue?
Today only, Glarysoft is offering RoboForm Everywhere (Win/Mac) absolutely free. Specifically, you're getting a one-user, one-year license for the software/service, which normally runs $19.95 (and will again after your year expires).
To get it, click the previous link, then the green Download Now button. You'll have the option of subscribing to Glarysoft's newsletter, but you don't have to; the download should commence even if you don't. Within that ZIP file you'll find both the installer and a readme file, the latter containing the license code you need to register the program. If you email me to say this is "only the trial version," I'm going to mock you relentlessly. (Just kidding. Well, maybe a little.)
Update: If you're a Mac user, you'll need to first download and extract this Zip file to get at the license code, then download RoboForm Everywhere for Mac directly from Siber Systems.
In case you're unfamiliar with it, Siber Systems' RoboForm is designed to simplify and secure your Web activities. It remembers your site log-ins and passwords, automatically filling them in as needed. It generates secure passwords so you can stop using "12345678" (for shame!). And it autocompletes Web forms with any and all information you care to supply: name, address, phone number, and so on -- a huge time-saver for folks who like to shop online, sign up for Web services, and so on.
All your passwords and personal data are protected by a single, master password. And the "Everywhere" part means your database is synced between your PCs, mobile devices, the Web, and even flash drives.
RoboForm has been around forever, and it shows: the toolbars and desktop utility look very dated, especially compared with the likes of Dashlane and LastPass. If you care about aesthetics, you may find RoboForm a little off-putting.
On the other hand, the program has long scored high marks from reviewers and users alike, so it's obviously good at what it does. And if you're not currently using a password manager (FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHY NOT?!), here's your chance to try a top-rated one free for a year.
Bonus deal: Who says you can't get something for nothing? For a limited time, Amazon is offering the Tom Hanks classic "Big" in HD absolutely free. The same flick would cost you $14.99 if purchased from iTunes or $9.99 from Google Play. You can watch the movie on your PC, iOS device, via a Roku box, or anything else that supports Amazon Instant Video viewing.
Update: Looks like this giveaway has expired, folks. Sorry to those of you who missed it. As with many giveaways like this, it's impossible to know how long they'll be active. Needless to say, if you see a price displayed on something that was previously indicated to be free, it's probably because the deal is over.
Bonus deal No. 2: Still shopping for a cloud-storage solution? Here's your chance to test-drive a pretty good one on the cheap. Pogoplug is offering six months of unlimited cloud storage for $4.95. That's not per month, mind you, but $4.95 for the whole six months. After that, then you'll be looking at $4.95 monthly -- a very competitive rate for unlimited space. The service supports syncing/sharing from not just your PCs, but also your mobile devices.
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