My USB hub, my thumb drive, and RoboForm2Go.

GE USB 2.0 Slim Hub 4-port

GE USB 2.0 Slim Hub 4-port

I have a GE USB 2.0 Slim Hub 4-port, and it plugs into the USB port on my laptop (at home) or my desktop PC (at work). It accommodates four thumb drives, which I use to save work and photos (the different sizes are color coded, and I have a system based on the colors for what goes on what). Most importantly, though, I save all my passwords on the thumb drives in a program called RoboForm2Go.

Kensington 2GB Thumb Drive

Kensington 2GB Thumb Drive

RoboForm2Go is a fully portable program that encrypts your username and password info for all your accounts. I have so many accounts at this point, that I couldn’t possibly remember them all, and I don’t use the same name and password for everything.

My life used to be easier, in terms of usernames and passwords: I used the same ones for everything. Not only that, it was something really dumb (i.e., easy to hack) like my cat’s name. Then someone hacked my Yahoo! account and from there was able to get into my e-Bay account, with the same password, of course, and this trickster bid on lots of jewelry, as I discovered when I started getting notices that “my bid” was successful. This person was using my e-Bay account, which is associated with my credit cards. OY!  I spent the next three days getting everything straightened out and changing passwords on all my accounts, and I learned that lesson the hard way. My usernames and passwords now are much “stronger” and more secure, and different for each account. To keep track of everything, I downloaded RoboForm2Go.

So, I’m telling you this because RoboForm2Go is a good thing to have, especially if you’re setting up lots of accounts to use social networking and other online services for a job search. RoboForm2Go has a free version that you can begin with, to get the feel for it, start setting up some login info, and then when you hit the limit of accounts for the free version, I’m sure you’ll want to upgrade to the full version.

RobForm Logo

RobForm Logo

I downloaded the free program to my “F” drive (thumb drive) and started building info onto it as I worked. Now I carry my usernames and passwords with me (the RoboForm program also password protects the thumb drive), I plug in my thumb drive wherever I’m working, it loads RoboForm2Go on the computer, I do some work, and then when I close down all my programs and unplug the thumb drive, RoboForm2Go tells me it’s doing a “final clean up” and removes all the info on my accounts from that computer. I feel like a Cold War spy when I see that message on my screen. It’s very cool.

I back up everything on the thumb drive into an encrypted file on my hard drive, so if my thumb drive ever misfires, I can do a “restore” onto a new thumb drive. Is there anything those RoboForm people didn’t think of?

Another really nice feature of RoboForm is that you can fill in fields in the program and then use those fields to automatically fill out online forms. I get so tired of typing in my shipping info, billing info, etc. This automates all that, and again, it’s all password protected and fully encrypted.

Here’s the > LINK < to RoboForm’s Website. Go for it.

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