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IDENTITYTHEFTSECRETS: This is Jonathan Kraft and I am here today with the VP of marketing for Roboform as well as a company called Siber that makes Roboform, Mr. Bill Kerry. How are you doing today Mr. Kerry?
ROBOFORM (BILL KERRY): I’m doing great Jonathan, how are you doing?
IDENTITYTHEFTSECRETS: I’m doing great as well, thank you for asking. And I’m really excited about interviewing you because I have loved personally using Roboform. I just think it has saved me… I cannot tell you how much time I think it has saved me in the last year and a half. I definitely couldn’t disount this program because of the time it has saved me in the past year. I tell people that it is the best thirty bucks that I spent in 2006. But, if you can just briefly talk about what was the reason that Roboform was created?
ROBOFORM (BILL KERRY): Sure, no problem. Siber Systems, which is the parent company, that has been around since 1995, actually started off doing Cobol programming and some interesting things, trying to recover Cobol data files and stuff like that. And the way Roboform got started is our CEO had a need to secure his own passwords. He was tired of just trying to figure out a better way to do it (you know password protect a word document or just putting it into a text file) and he thought there has to be an easier way. And really he just created a really basic program, called it Roboform and put it out there on the web and that was around 2000. And it’s taken off from 2000 just being a small little kind of cool little free utility to really turning into a real business and you know, real software. He found that there was a need for it and we fast forward until today and we just crossed about eighteen million downloads of our product and it has been reviewed by a Who’s Who of the media. We have received all kinds of accolades like PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice, and CNET’s best software of the year and so, it’s kind of cool how just a neat little idea, something that was created for his own usage, turned into this big and reputable piece of software that we have today.
IDENTITYTHEFTSECRETS: Absolutely. So he actually used it to protect his own passwords. What would be some of the things that he would have been using it to protect his passwords from?
ROBOFORM (BILL KERRY): Well, it was mostly a way to safely secure your passwords and then to fill other forms online. But, protecting his passwords could have been from anything. There’s known hackers that can get into people’s computers and get your password and when you’re using, using passwords is a risky business. More people spend more time online and they are doing more things online. They’re banking and direct bill pay and all kinds of stuff and if someone were to discover you using your name and passwords for your accounts, they can steal your identity and really create a mess for you. So, you know the main reason for protecting, and to use secure passwords is to protect you from all, you know, from some of the bad things out there.