Sunday, February 25, 2007

Give Me the Code! Give Me the CODE!!

Last night I watched Die Hard. I'm talking about the original, not one of the sequels, which were nowhere near as good as the first. I even caught a humorous bit that I don't remember ever noticing before. When the SWAT team is ordered into the Nakatomi building, as they're running towards it, one of the combat-hardened (supposedly) and black-clad SWAT guys brushes by a rose bush and gets pricked, at which point he flinches and says "Ow!" That was very funny.

Anyway, you'll remember Hans threatening Mr. Takagi with death, demanding, "Give me the code!" That got me thinking about computer passwords. I can't tell you how many times I've run into situations when friends lose important passwords. They can multiply out of control for anyone active on the Internet, so what's a person to do? Do you use the same password for all of them? Do you use something easy to remember, like your birthday? Bad, bad, bad ideas. There's a better way. It's called RoboForm.

RoboForm is a computer program that will store and plug your passwords into the appropriate web forms, and the only password you need to remember is the one for RoboForm itself. All your passwords are encrypted, so you don't need to worry about someone gaining access to them. RoboForm works with all major browsers. It really is a great program, and it comes in a free version. I highly recommend it. You can get it here.