For those of you who’ve read my article on How I’d Hack Your Passwords, you eventually got to the part where I recommend using a password manager to organize and protect your passwords so you don’t use weak ones everywhere.
Well, for years I’ve been recommending Roboform and even put together a Roboform Tutorial for their great desktop version for Windows and even Mac. Their iPhone app is also in wide circulation, and I think they had a really basic Android app out previously, but for Android users (like me) I’ve got a world exclusive first screenshot of the soon to be released app.
To quote my super secret source:
In the initial release it will work as a viewer primarily for Logins, Identities, and Safenotes. Automated login functionality will also be available similar to the iPhone app. (A RoboForm Everywhere (Online) account is required.)
We don’t have a lot of detail beyond this, but I suspect that what it means is that if you are using Roboform on your desktop you can sync your data to the cloud, and then in turn sync it to the Android platform for access on the go.
I don’t think you’ll be able to add new data on the app initially, but I’d imagine that’s something they’ll be adding in a later iteration. It does sound to me like this Android app is going to actually store your passwords on the device and simply sync from the cloud periodically to keep everything up to date.
What do you think? Have you used the current version of the app, and if so what are you hoping to see in this completely revamped version?
Anyone know of a good password manager that does what roboform wont?
ie, allow me to store my password locally on the phone (sd card) without using a risky online server?
I am very disappointed with Roboform for Android. I dont want to use an encrypted file and remote server to store my passwords. I want to use my passwords directly from the phone. Why can’t they offer a version for android that does the same as the PC version (ie locally stored .rfp password files) That way I could just copy the entire password folder from the PC to my android device without risking storing my data on some remote server. I know the risks either way, but I prefer locally stored passwords and this is not possible with Roboform for android (as far as I know).
Doug Wilson says
I would really love to hear more about how to use roboform n android. In its current version, I can’t figure out how to switch from roboform to the browser. So you can log in using roboform just fine, but after that, you can’t navigate with the browser. Any new tips?
What do you think about Roboform Everywhere? I like the concept but am concerned about all of my data being stored on a server. Yes it is encrypted, but couldn’t someone get it and unencrypt it?
Great post! I’ve been using the new Android app on my Samsung GalaxyS and it has been working flawlessly. The only addition I would like to see in a later version is the ability to add new data (as you previously mentioned). But in all realism, I really don’t add new logins on my phone. Not having this functionality doesn’t inhibit day to day use. All in all, I’d say this new application is head and shoulders above the bookmarklet.