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RoboForm is a fantastic Password Manager and a Form Filler. It also generates strong passwords for you to use when creating, say, a website login. Below is a full transcript of this guest podcast episode.
Transcript of Productivity Tip #1 – RoboForm: An Interview With Mike Kim
Mike Kim: Alright, welcome to episode 95 of the Brand You Podcast. Today's podcast, we got a lot of other things to cover, but first, I want to introduce a new segment that I'm going to add to the show for the next couple of episodes. I don't know what yet to call this, but it's going to be kind of a productivity tip of the week. What I've done is call on my friend Anil Agrawal, from LeadershipFocusHQ.com. That's right LeadershipFocusHQ.com.
I've gotten to know Anil over the last two years. This guy is one of the techiest productivity gurus that I know. He just knows everything about everything when it comes to productivity. I need this, because honestly, you may not know this about me, I pick one tool and use it forever and I never want to change. I'm so old fashioned when it comes to that. I don't really have a great pulse on the productivity apps and tools that are out there that could save me a lot of time. As I've gotten to know Anil, he's been like, “Mike, you could save a lot more time and energy and resources if you use just some of these tools and apps that I know about.”
I've asked him to come to the show and share with us over the next couple of weeks just a productivity app or hack or tip of the week. Here's the thing. I have no idea what he's going to share, so I'm learning along with you. This is Anil Agrawal from LeadershipFocusHQ. Let's talk to Anil from LeadershipFocusHQ.com
Alright, Anil. Share with us what you have for us today. I'm really excited to learn what you've got for us productivity wise. What have you got for us?
Anil Agrawal: Well, Mike, I got an app called RoboForm. It's going to save you a ton of time every week.
Mike Kim: Alright, that sounds good to me. What's RoboForm do?
Anil Agrawal: RoboForm is a password manager and automatic login and a form filler app. What it does is every time you visit a website and you log in, it automatically offers you to save that login information.
Mike Kim: So is it safe?
Anil Agrawal: Yes, it's got what's called AES-256 encryption.
Mike Kim: Alright.
Anil Agrawal: All your login information, anything you put in RoboForm, and you use the master password to protect it, everything is encrypted and is all saved on your device itself. Before it syncs to any other device through their servers, everything is transmitted already encrypted before it gets transmitted.
Mike Kim: Okay, so it keeps all the passwords, but the passwords get encrypted before they get sent to the RoboForm server? That's what you're saying?
Anil Agrawal: That's correct.
Mike Kim: So all you've got to remember is your RoboForm password.
Anil Agrawal: That's correct. You've got to remember something, so that's one master password, yes.
Mike Kim: Okay, so what about I browse a lot of things on my phone? What about that? Yeah, I know I have something like that for my computer. What about the phone? Does it work on the phone?
Anil Agrawal: Yes, it does on the phone. It works on iOS devices, like iPad, iPhone. It also works on Android devices as well.
Mike Kim: Okay, so will it save? How do I sync the thing? Is there like an app for it?
Anil Agrawal: Yes, there is a app for iOS devices and there is an app for Android devices as well. Once you install it and you activate it, then everything that you had, let's say on your Mac or your PC, it gets synced.
Mike Kim: Nice. Okay. I'm going to try this out, because I had some password managers before, but they didn't really work on my phone, so it's like I'm on my phone more than half the time, browsing stuff. I can't not remember the password. What happens is that I just make the password the same for every account that I have, and that's not good, right?
Anil Agrawal: That's not good at all.
Mike Kim: Right.
Anil Agrawal: Each password should be strong enough. Now I used to have simple passwords, but unique passwords. Right? The simple ones can still be hacked or broken. Nothing is 100% perfect, but it offers you to also generate, on the fly, strong passwords. You can define whichever way you want, 10 characters, 12 characters, whatever, and types of characters. It can actually generate passwords, so you don't even have to come up with that. Once you save it in RoboForm, then it's there and you don't have to worry about how complex my password is.
Mike Kim: Right. Right. Okay, no, that's good, because there's been a lot of talk about security, obviously, Hilary Clinton emails aside.
Anil Agrawal: Right, yeah.
Mike Kim: There's a lot of talk about that. I know also where a lot of people are cautioning users is on those questions, when you need to retrieve your lost password. Those security questions, like what's your first pet's name. People actually put the name of their first pet. The thing is if I just go into your Facebook page, I can probably find out the name of your pet. There's this whole underground like oh it's just horrible, right? A lot of people are saying … I know that RoboForm probably doesn't deal with that. You've got to write that down elsewhere, but yeah, when I log in and I create an account with a bank or a website or whatever it is, and they ask me for security questions, and they're basic, like what's the name of your pet, I never put the name of my pet. I put like the name of some I don't know, like chemical on the backside of the ingredient list on the bag of Doritos, that nobody would ever guess.
Anil Agrawal: Right. Yeah. Actually, that's a very good point. In RoboForm, for each login that you save, there is a notes section. What I do is like for my bank login, those security questions, when I set up any account which has all those security questions, I actually save those security questions inside the notes section of each RoboForm entry, so it's right there for me.
Mike Kim: That's really good. Okay, perfect. Alright, so how much does RoboForm cost? Is it going to cost us an arm and a leg?
Anil Agrawal: Not really. Actually the last time I checked, it was $19.95 per year.
Mike Kim: Oh wow. Okay.
Anil Agrawal: If you sign up for multiple years or whatever, then you got some level of discount. They run promotions as well, so you can get much cheaper price, at least for the first year, I think.
Mike Kim: Oh perfect. $20 a year to never have to remember my passwords, I'll take it.
Anil Agrawal: Yup, I've been using it for a few years now.
Mike Kim: Anil, thank you. This is super helpful. Guys, check out RoboForm. We'll put a link in the show notes. Anil, thank you. Can't wait until the next tip that you share, because this should save us quite a bit of time.
Anil Agrawal: Thank you so much.
Mike Kim: Alright, great tip from Anil there. I love this stuff. I actually incorporated a tool very similar to what he had mentioned, a password management system. It's just amazing. It's really improved my workflow, especially now that I've begun to grow the team and I have an assistant. She's helping me with some stuff, so it's awesome to have a tip like that. I can't wait until Anil comes back next week and shares a little bit more with us.