There is stuff that is just annoying, isn’t there? I mean stuff that you don’t want to do, but you know you must, or something will suffer. These are part of every day life, things that no one enjoys, but we all have to do. Often the experience of it being annoying is so universal that gadgets have been invented to reduce or avoid the problem. Washing dishes has been revolutionised by the dishwasher, washing clothes by the washing machine and so on.
There are two things that really annoy me when using a computer.
We all understand why we need to have secure passwords, and why we should have a different password for each logon. Many times we have heard stories about sites being hacked, information being stolen and identities being cloned. We have all heard, and many of us have experienced, our own or our friends email accounts being hacked because passwords aren’t sufficiently strong. However, having 20 character, random passwords including upper and lower case, numeric and other characters is just so difficult – and remembering them is impossible.
Backup is also a problem. Again we all know that we should backup our key files – but we don’t. It just takes too much time and we’ll do it later – but we don’t. Our documents and photos are precious – but we don’t back them up. We have all lost things and seen friends and colleagues who have lost things, but we find backup too much bother.
The trouble is that solutions to these problems seem to be very complex, and some solutions don’t provide everything we need. What we would like is that our passwords are available across all of our devices, across all of the browsers we use. We would like our backup to be instigated by us (how annoying is when suddenly the backup starts when we need all the computer resource for something else?), but it needs to be easy and quick.
There are a couple of really good bits of software out there exactly for this purpose. They are made by the same company, which is why I have bundled them into the same article, but they are completely independent. What’s even better is that you can use them for free!
Roboform is a great piece of software. It sits on your computer (Mac or PC), integrates into your browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer or Safari) and saves your passwords. It also does form filling and password generation and it does all this for free. If you want to synchronise your passwords and form information across more than one computer or access passwords on your mobile device (iOS, Android or Windows) then there is a small charge – but download the free software now for a fantastic password and form filler.
For backup I recommend GoodSync, this is not free, but has a trial period that will soon let you know whether you like the software. Personally I think it is pretty good. It works with Windows and Mac, and can link to all your local data (obviously) but can also link to Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP, Google Drive (Docs), OneDrive, OneDrive Pro (Sharepoint), Office365, SkyDrive, SFTP (SSH), WebDAV and Windows Azure.
It can perform true bi-directional synchronization and one-way backup, file and folder moves and renames are detected, deletions can be propagated and synchronisation can be selective. Speed can be enhanced by using parallel threads and by sending only changed blocks of big files. Synchronisation and backup can be automated if desired, or set to backup when folder is connected (for removable media).
These are two fantastic pieces of software get rid of two major annoyances for me – and will for you too.
Why not try them out today!