SignupShield 5 Reviewer’s Guide
SignupShield's newest password manager, SignupShield 5, was released on December 10, 2007.
SignupShield is a password manager+ for people of all skills and experience.
If you want the latest innovations hidden behind a convenient GUI, SignupShield has them.
If you want the best, portable, consumer web surfing protection, SignupShield has it.
Read on and discover what's inside SignupShield.
Step-by-step tour of SignupShield
It's easy to get SignupShield:
|If you have SignupShield pre-loaded on a U3 device,
compare the version you have
(Right-click the SignupShield icon in the U3 LaunchPad and select Properties)
with a current version at www.protecteer.com/asp/downinst5.asp.
|Download and install a current version, if necessary.|
|Start SignupShield - click the SignupShield icon in the U3 LaunchPad.|
|Portable (non-U3) Edition
|Download a current zipped version of SignupShield from www.protecteer.com/asp/downinst5.asp.|
|Open the zip file and extract all folders and files to the root of your portable drive (or any other location on your portable drive).|
|Start SignupShield by running SignupShieldPortable.exe in the SignupShieldPortable folder|
First time activation:
|Start SignupShield, as explained above.|
|You will be prompted to set up a new user. A user name identifies a folder where your data will be stored.|
|Use the new user setup wizard to configure a user.
(Please keep all default settings for now.)|
|Once you have reached the last page of new user setup,
you will be able to click on “Tutorial / test run”. Please do so.|
|A browser will open a web page, where
you can select tutorial scripts to practice SignupShield Passwords.|
Using the built in, Password Manager, tutorial
Each page of the tutorial tells you what you should see on the page,
what actions are expected of you and what the outcome would be.
Please note: To facilitate tutorial comments, each of the tutorials below assumes that you
have removed all saved records (passwords) for the test site (protecteer.com), prior to commencing each script.
Simple sign-in, as the name implies, leads a user through a simulated login process, involving one form.
Select this option to understand the basic concepts of SignupShield. Simple sign-in is common to most password managers.
Multi-step sign-in, leads a user through a simulated login process which is becoming more and more popular.
In a multi-step login, a user is presented with a sequence of forms instead of a single form. The first form is designed to
identify an account, the second form is to verify a user through a security question (usually presented when a user uses a new computer),
and finally the last form - a password form.
Here is where SignupShield differs mostly from other password managers. (See also full specifications for details)
You are welcome to try other password managers on the sample pages to see for yourself.
A password change tutorial, demonstrates how SignupShield tracks a password change activity.
Password change forms are common to financial sites, but, other password managers simply do not cope with them.
Most password managers, can capture login forms, but, cannot capture Sign-up (registration) forms. SignupShield can!
This script demonstrates how SignupShield does it, capturing multiple security questions and answers along the way.
Using built in tutorials for other tools
SignupShield Suite includes other tools, in addition to a password manager. The settings for each tool can be accessed from
the SignupShield icon. The last window of each Settings wizard, is dedicated to launching a tutorial / test run for the tool.
You are invited to try each tutorial in turn.
|Form Filler & Wallet|
|Disposable Email Address (alias email)|
This tool automatically fills out sign-up forms. It can generate and auto-fill all sorts of fields:
user name, password (with a strong password generator), email (fixed or disposable, see below) and multiple security questions and answers.
Form Filler & Wallet
This is a general form filler and wallet tool. It supports user defined fields as well.
SignupShield's form filler is unique in its capability to classify a user's various address forms based on their intended use (context sensitive form filler).
For example, if a single page contains contact address form and a billing address form, SignupShield will fill out each form with
the relevant information.
To try out this tool, you will need to fill in a profile with your specific data. Please make sure you provide different contact, billing or
shipping addresses, if you are going to test SignupShield's context sensitive capability.
Unlike other Anti-Phishing tools, SignupShield does not care about the page you are visiting. Instead, it looks at the website
where a form, containing sensitive information, is submitted to. SignupShield will alert you whenever that site is found to be suspicious.
Disposable Email Address
This patented tool, is included with SignupShield because it can be, and it is, integrated with its other form filling tools.
Thus, when you sign-up to a website, you can use the tool to auto-generate and fill a pseudo random alias email address instead of your real email address.
SignupShield's email forwarding service will forward all emails, sent to such alias addresses, to your real address, giving you the option to stop
any abused address.