Here’s the rest of the 2-part article that discusses my experiences with LastPass and RoboForm password management tools.
Main Difference Between LastPass and RoboForm for Auto Logins
I still like the way RoboForm works, don’t get me wrong. It’s a slick little tool.
With RoboForm (and LastPass) for that matter, you store an “entry” we’ll call it. The entry, in general would consist of a login URL (the web page with the login form), the username and the password. You can also tell the tool whether you want it to click the login button for you as well. In most cases you would except for when you have multiple accounts for the same site. Perhaps there are other scenarios but I can’t think of them.
So, in RoboForm and LastPass you can find a stored entry in your list, click it, and it will surf to the Login URL, enter your credentials and log you in! They both do that. Cool stuff.
Where they are slightly different… With LastPass, if you have an entry to set to auto-login, you can just browse to a site and if it spots a login form it will fill it and login. Sometimes this is a lot faster. I’ve got to the point now that in Chrome the main site that I visit that starts with F is Facebook (for example). So to visit Facebook I just have to type “f” and then hit Enter. With LastPass if I’m not logged in it’ll log me in automatically. With RoboForm it doesn’t do that (if it does it sure isn’t by default and it wasn’t obvious to me how to do it). In order to login with RoboForm it required an extra click or two. And well, time is money meign.
Other Differences Between LastPass and RoboForm
I found the RoboForm popup window to be annoying and distracting when I didn’t want it to log me in or save a password. It was a modal form that I had to close before I can go about my business. LastPass does something similar but more elegantly. A thin strip shows up at the top of the browser which can safely be ignored, or many different actions can take place with just a couple clicks.
I also like that LastPass will detect if you change your password on a site and will update the information stored in the form fill area for that page (even though the ‘password change’ and ‘login’ pages are in different spots on the site). Plus it’ll warn you if it detects multiple sites in your list using the same password. It’s slightly insecure to do that and there’s really no need for the most part.
Another cool feature, LastPass will auto-fill a password box when creating an account if you use its strong password generation tool.
I did like the interface for RoboForm much better originally. It’s more fluid I feel. However, now that I have gotten used to both the desktop and web based UIs for LastPass I’m accepting of them.
One significant difference between the two is that I don’t have to pay for the desktop or cloud version of the LastPass tool, whereas with RoboForm I had to pay for both, and in one case 2 (perhaps even 3) times. LastPass it is. You just have to pay if you want to use it from mobile devices as far as I understand.