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    "1Password gets the job done with no fuss."

    March 16, 2011  |   By daphra

    Pros

    Simple and easy to use. No-cost mobile phone synchronization.

    Cons

    Still waiting for the updated Windows version

    Summary

    About a year and a half ago I started using 1Password because RoboForm was not then available for the Mac desktop I just purchased. I found it's clean interface and ease-of-use to be a refreshing change from RoboForm.

    I have now decided to go back to a Windows PC. (I didn't fall in love with the Mac like my friends promised.) But I did not want to go back to RoboForm. Not that I have any complaints about RoboForm. It's a great program that served me well for many years. It's just that I got spoiled by 1Password. Fortunately, the good people at 1Password were kind enough to convert my license on the Mac version to their new PC version at no cost. That's another point in favor of 1Password. Their customer service is prompt and personal.

    1Password provides a cleaner way to get to all of its services. Whenever I am on a page that requires a password I just click on the small 1Password icon next to the address bar and I get all of the same options I get with RoboForm. RoboForm has a space-consuming toolbar and I get an annoying pop-up every time that has to be dealt with whether I want password help or not.

    I note that RoboForm has a new version that they claim is less intrusive. I admit that I am not familiar with the new version. I might like it, but the real deal killer is in the difference between the way 1Password and RoboForm handle support for mobile devices. RoboForm offers automatic synchronization for an annual expense of $19.95 ($9.95 for the first year). 1Password, on the other hand, provides the same benefits at no cost after purchasing a license that never expires. It uses a slick interface with the free Dropbox application. It took me a minute or two to set this up and now I have a nifty 1Password app on my Android phone that has all of my passwords constantly in sync with my desktop.

    The current 1Password version for windows is based on an older Mac version which is not as sophisticated as the current Mac one, but I still like it better than RoboForm. 1Password assures us that they are working on a new Windows version that is the same as the current Mac version.

    I am sure RoboForm deserves the top ranking it is getting compared to other password software in the professional reviews. Now that 1Password is not just a Mac product, maybe it will get included and then we'll see.

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