I’ve been a big fan of Billeo for a long time and more recently Vidoop (with their cross-browser, online storage, secure password management system) for password management. I have over 150 different logins to sites and it’s easy to forget which one I used where. The “Forgot Your Password” link is a pain to use — type your info, answer challenge questions, check your email, and finally choose a new password that has never been used before. That’s too much work for me. These great password management tools help alleviate this problem.
Billeo was developed to be a bill management application. It can track when bills are due, how much has been paid and can take snapshots of pages you are viewing. In addition, on Windows, it can keep track of your web passwords. This includes banking, credit card, email and some of those more risqué sites that you may or may not (but probably do) visit. The downside is the passwords are only stored on your computer and it’s Windows only.
Vidoop has come aboard and has not only created a great cross-browser application but they have a great security mechanism for keeping people out of your account. In order to log in (and install the toolbar/plugin), a user must first type their username, answer a security question and then verify by either telephone or email that they are in fact the user logging in. Finally, each time you want to log in during future sessions from that machine, a user has to pick out the three “types” of pictures that they chose during setup. This could be a computer, a fruit, an animal or almost anything else you can think of.
Finally, Passpack has made great advances in the security area. In addition to being able to access your information from almost anywhere on the internet, user’s information is never stored unencrypted on Passpack’s servers (it’s browser-side encrypted always) and can contain more than simple username and password combinations. This is great for storing other useful info like a bank account number or your hit list (if you’re in to that kind of thing). Tara, one of the founders of Passpack writes a great post of how to replace some of the tools that you may already be using with theirs (such as Google’s Browser Sync).
All-in-all there are some great tools for managing your passwords in your browser. Using these and other tools, you can keep both your information safe and your memory in tact.