Are you overwhelmed with passwords? If so, you’re not alone, especially as a small business owner or entrepreneur. I’m just skimming through my list of passwords and I’ve got them for about 40 email addresses, hosting accounts, domain name accounts, cloud services, membership sites with education, website administrator logins, toll free number account, virtual fax, online booking software, shopping carts, mobile phone, web design forums, marketing forums, software downloads, Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts, Pinterest, LinkedIn, invoicing software, database users, autoresponder services, merchant accounts, CRM, and TONS of others.
I used to have a folder where I wrote them all down by hand. That worked for a while, until I had like 4 pages of them! It took like 5 minutes to dig out the one I needed when I needed it . . . assuming I was able to find that cursed passwords book. That took forever, especially for passwords that require one uppercase, one lowercase, one symbol and at least 12 letters with a requirement that the password be changed every 30 days. AArrgggh!!!!
Frustrated and lazy, instead of finding the book and looking up the password, I would just submit for a password reset when I wanted to log in to the site. I’d get the password without finding my book, but I’d be lost again next time I tried to log in. Or, I’d forget what email address I used to sign up for the service, then I’d have to go hunting through my email addresses to try and find which one the new password was emailed to. A nightmare!!!!
I found the ultimate solution! I’ve been using it for a long time now and I love it. Wait, you say, my browser remembers my passwords for me. That’s all fine and dandy for a little while. What happens when Internet Explorer has your password saved and you’re using Firefox or Safari? You’re lost! What happens when you go use your laptop or tablet PC instead of your desktop? That’s right, you’re lost again because the passwords are saved on your desktop only. Or, what happens when you reinstall your browser or accidentally delete all stored browser information? (Which I’ve done by accident.) You’re lost again!
So, what has saved the day for Nate? Roboform. It’s awesome. It remembers all your passwords, automatically opens up the log in page, and logs you in to a website with just one click. And, it can work from any computer, tablet and even smart phones.
There’s a free trial so you can try it out before you upgrade to a commercial edition. Are there free services of similar software? Yes. However, I wouldn’t trust them at all. Free software is usually free for a reason and you wouldn’t want someone harvesting your logins would you? Me neither. Shoot, Roboform has an offer going on right now for just $9.95 for the first year! That’s like 82 cents a month. It’s a no brainer if you asked me.
I use a lot of software like this that makes me super productive. Suppose this software saves you 30 minutes a day total of hunting through your password book, typing in passwords, retyping mistyped passwords because of those bleeding •••••• dots that don’t allow you to read what you’re typing. What’s that? 30 minutes multiplied by 30 days. That’s an additional 15 hours of additional work time per month for you! That’s two full work days of logging in usernames and passwords.Would you pay 82 cents for an additional 15 hours of work time per month? Of course you would.
People ask me, “Nate, how do you run multiple businesses, spend quality time with your family, have time to exercise regularly, and have time to play and surf?” It’s the compound effect, my friends. It’s the same reason I have the super fast internet connection and computer. If a web page takes 3 seconds to load instead of 10 seconds. Let’s do the math, I save 7 seconds every time a web page loads. Let’s say I open 100 web pages per day, with a slow internet connection, I’d be spending a total of 11.66 minutes per day waiting for web pages to load. Over 30 days, that’s almost 6 hours of time wasted waiting for web pages to load 7 seconds at a time. How many times have you reached the end of the month and thought, “Crap! I wish I had like 6 more hours of time today?”
Well, I just showed you how to get approximately 21 additional work hours per month. Stop complaining and do something about it.
1) Get a faster internet connection.
2) Get the Roboform free download.