As a surfer you will no doubt belong to various sites where you have to log in and they will need a password and a user name. To protect your logging in details you need RoboForm, yet another FREE bit of software that works perfectly but you can only have 10 passwords in it. You can download your free version from http://www.roboform.com/ and once installed it will store and keep safe from prying eyes (like key loggers) all your personal and logging in details. The Pro version at $29.99 and has unlimited password capability and you can pay for it via PayPal as well as credit card, cheque or money order. We all use passwords for one thing or another and these can be found by a key logger. But you can defeat them as well without buying expensive software. NEVER, EVER use a password that is an actual word or a birth date etc. Use random characters and have at least 12, preferably 15 or even more if the site allows more. Take my word for it that with a 15 character password there will be squillions and squillions of different combinations and thus all but impossible to try every one in a reasonable amount of time - even with the fastest computer. For a 15 character password there will be 62^15 different combinations. That is 768,909,704,948,766,668,552,634,368 combinations. If a computer could check ONE THOUSAND MILLION combinations per second it would still take it some 24,381,966,798 years to try them all. Some sites like E-Gold for instance have a password generator so you can always use that for all your passwords and copy and paste them into place. I do have one nagging thought though. Can you really trust a password generator attached so thoughtfully to some sites? Can you be certain that your selection hasn’t been logged on the site? Maybe that would explain why so many people have complained that their E-Gold account has been hacked? So to create your passwords and also store them try this: Open a Word document and call it Passwords or something. Underneath type in all the letters of the alphabet in upper and lower case and also all the numbers like this: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890 Don’t use the numbers keypad on the right. Use the numbers above the letters. Some sites don’t allow the number pad keys to be used for passwords. Highlight any three consecutive characters from the alphabet and numbers and copy and paste them alongside your username. Do the same several times – at least 12 times. Then delete 2 characters from each bunch of three and you will be left with a 12 characters password of random letters and numbers. Not a key pressed so even if you have a key logger on board it will not detect anything. I suppose that someone somewhere is working on a copy and paste logger but as far as I know it isn’t here yet. Your page will look like this: Passwords ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890 Site name - your username - IJKZabz12lmn890NOPefgEFG345ijkOPQ456 Then after you delete the unwanted like this: Site name - your username - Kb2m0PfE5iQ6 In producing your password not a key has been pressed. Now go to the programme and in the logging in boxes copy and paste your userID and password. When you hit ‘enter’ or ‘log in’ RoboForm will pop up asking you if you want to save the details. Click Save. Windows will also poke its nose in asking if you want it to save the logging in details. I don’t trust Windows to keep them secure so I decline the offer. Then the next time that you go to that programme, RoboForm will pop up and all you have to do is check that the entry in ‘from Passcards’ is highlighted and click on ‘Fill Forms’ to just fill in the logging in details and you will have to hit the ‘enter’ or ‘login’ button. Or click on Fill & Submit and RoboForm will enter the details and click the ‘enter’ or ‘login’ button for you and you can cock a snook at key loggers. Many sites have their own forums so when you join the forum RoboForm will name it site name - 2. Just remember that some sites, as well as requiring your logging in details, also require you to input a PIN or Turing number. If that is the case use ‘Fill Forms’ to enter your details and then enter the extra by hand. They are one off numbers so it doesn’t matter if a key logger registers them. When you hit the Enter button RoboForm will pop up asking if you want to save all the entries which will include the PIN or Turing number. DO NOT SAVE – CLICK ON CANCEL. If you do hit save, the next time that, that particular site is accessed RoboForm will fill in outdated PIN or Turing numbers. Of course you can always delete the unwanted numbers and type in the correct ones. For really important sites like your bank or an Internet payment processor like PayPal or anywhere where money is involved change your password regularly, say once a month. One final word. From time to time you may get an email that asks you to click on the link in it to go to your bank or whatever to update your personal details. TRASH THE EMAIL It is A FAKE. I don’t care how genuine it may look, IT ISN’T because no bank or other site where money is involved and you need a password to get in will EVER send you such an email.