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Love comping? Love Roboform!

Mon, 2011-12-19 12:16

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Now, this might be old news for many PrizeFinder regulars - but being a Mac user, Roboform is a brand new experience for me and since I downloaded it, it's revolutionised my online comping!

For years I used to read about people using Roboform to enter online competitions quickly, but it's only this year that they've launched a Safari for Mac version that I could try out. And seriously, I don't know how I survived without it! Form filling is one of the dullest jobs I know, and Roboform can do it for you super fast. And the best thing is, it's free.

Before now, if I saw a long entry form to complete online I would heave a mighty sigh and move on, but now I just click the 'Di Coke' button at the top of my browser and within a second or two, the form is completed with my details. Even those awful drop down menus (you know, the ones where you have to scroll to United Kingdom or find your date of birth!) are automatically completed. It means I can enter LOADS more competitions, and I don't get fed up typing the same information over and over again.

If you use internet banking, eBay, PayPal or do online shopping (and if you're like me, have foolishly registered everywhere with different emails and passwords!), Roboform remembers all your passwords - your information is encrypted and secure, and you just need to remember a single master password to unlock your logins.

Roboform:
• stores your details and fills entry forms with a single click
• can store 'Identities' for other family members
• automatically saves your passwords for websites

The basic Roboform software is free to download at Roboform.com, but I've opted to pay to upgrade to Roboform Everywhere, which I can use on multiple computers as well as my iPhone. There's an extra security measure on my phone which means I need to use a numerical passcode AND the master password to log into sites, but that's still quicker than inputting an email address and password.

One of the common queries from compers is whether they will be disqualified for using Roboform. In the rules it might state 'No automated entries'. This does NOT refer to Roboform - this refers to companies who charge subscribers to enter competitions automatically on their behalf. These entrants are NOT visiting the promoter's website and do not know what they are entering to win - this is an issue we feel strongly about at ThePrizeFinder, as unfortunately these companies can submit tens of thousands of entries to competitions, meaning the chance of a genuine entrant winning is very small. You can read more about these services on my SuperLucky blog, and I'll be blogging about them here at ThePrizeFinder soon too.

Unlike Automated Entry Services, with Roboform an entrant is actually visiting the promoter's site - they are just using a quicker method to complete their details on the entry form when they get there! So there's no need to worry about being disqualified.

One of the downsides of Roboform that it doesn't work with Flash or Javascript forms - but thankfully there aren't too many of those about. If you've not used Roboform before and decide to download it, let me know how you get on!

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lstewart257

if you do postcard copetitions do you have to apply a stamp or are they freepost?

SuperluckyDi

You should always use a stamp unless the address contains the word FREEPOST!

SuperluckyDi

I'm so sorry to hear this. I've searched for you and can't find any similar problems or issues at all, but if you think it's connected to your Roboform download then you can contact 24/7 online support at http://support.roboform.com

lozzle77

i downloaded roboform then spent the next few days scanning for viruses and having to get rid of things not sure what happened but everything went wrong the minute i started using it

SuperluckyDi

It seems that for some of us it's a godsend, and for others a problem! I'm sorry I can't offer any more advice, as I can only speak from my experience with using it on a Mac and iPhone!

Manuker

Firefox can remember form information, not all in "one click" but each piece of info, so it's usually just TAB TAB TAB TAB done

compercol

Some competition rules state that automatic form fillers will result in entry being disqualified is this the case with roboform ?

SuperluckyDi

Thanks for your question! As I state above, this usually does NOT refer to Roboform - this refers to companies who charge subscribers to enter competitions automatically on their behalf. Most browsers now have automatic form filling built in, so promoters would be very unlikely to disqualify entrants that use it!

Dianic

I use Chrome and mostly I may only have to tweak a phone number or email address - saves so much time!

frankydan100

There are plenty of other alternatives to roboform for mac which you could have used.
I use 1password and it works with chrome/safari/firefox

SuperluckyDi

I used 1password for a while but just couldn't get on with it at all - I seemed to have lots of issues!

haltyballa

Can you use multiple names so I can enter my name or my partners depending on the competition. And has anyone used it on their iPad.