When comparing Google Chrome vs RoboForm, the Slant community recommends RoboForm for most people. In the question“What is the best cross-platform password manager?” RoboForm is ranked 7th while Google Chrome is ranked 23rd. The most important reason people chose RoboForm is:
In addition to being capable of filling in usernames and passwords even in places other popular password managers tend to fail, RoboForm can also fill in a wide variety of other form fields such as long registration or checkout forms that require personal, credit card, banking and other information. To enable form fill functionality an identity has to be created and all relevant information supplied. It's possible to use multiple identities and identities created from login credential entries. In case of multiple identities a drop-down will offer choice in which to use.
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Pro Syncs between devices
By logging into Chrome using a Google account it's possible to sync history, extensions, passwords, bookmarks and other settings between devices. This makes it great for anyone working with multiple devices as it allows experiencing consistent context when in the browser.
Pro Excellent HTML 5 feature support
As of February 2015, Chrome scores highest of all browsers for HTML5 compatibility.
Pro Installs extensions without requiring a restart
Pro Great built-in developer tools
Chrome comes with built-in developer tools, making testing and enhancing web pages simpler for those of us involved in working with such technologies. As well as being beneficial to developers, this also has some benefit to non-technical users; in that by making testing simpler for developers those developers are more likely to use Chrome for their tests, and can spend more time making improvements over investigating underlying causes of issues.
Pro Good performance
According to TopTen Reviews, Chrome is currently one of the best performing browsers for initial (cold) startup, average startup, and navigation times. Works very well with the uBlock Origin adblocker.
Pro Plenty of extensions
There are far more available on this browser than any other, and that may matter for some.
Pro Backed and supported by Google
Whilst Chrome is based on the open source browser Chromium), Google reviews this code and build on top of it. This means it takes (and contributes to) a number of the benefits of the open source model whilst having the resources, support and investment of a major company.
Pro Automatically updates
Chrome updates in the background ensuring you're always on the latest version. This makes it much more likely that sites will work on your browser, since (almost) all Chrome users will be running exactly the same version.
Pro Simple user interface
For example, the address bar is also the search bar. Google calls it Omnibox.
Pro Huge variety of extensions available
Pro Multiple account login
You can have multiple Chromes with different accounts logged at the same time. And it is really easy to manage different accounts.
Pro Customizable by user
Each of the managed users can have their own configuration (themes, extensions, ...)
As of March 2015, Chrome is the most popular browser on the internet, with a 43.9% - 63.7% market share, meaning most developers will be testing their sites against this browser to ensure compatibility.
Pro Sandboxed Tabs
Every tab runs as their own process, so if one crashes or becomes unresponsive, the whole browser isn't affected.
Pro Works great with many extensions
Unlike Firefox, Google Chrome can keep its fast performance regardless of how many extensions are installed. With more than 10 extensions Firefox gets slower and slower in a geometric progression rate. Google Chrome doesn't care how many extensions the user has installed - 3 or 133 it still performs great.
Pro Uses Blink
It uses the blink rendering engine which has removed many legacy khtml/webkit code to be much lighter and faster.
Pro Multimedia Plugins and Codecs included
Google Chrome comes with its own flashplayer and the most common multimedia codecs so you don't have to worry that they are outdated nor do you need to install them as a third party package.
Pro Sophisticated form fill
In addition to being capable of filling in usernames and passwords even in places other popular password managers tend to fail, RoboForm can also fill in a wide variety of other form fields such as long registration or checkout forms that require personal, credit card, banking and other information.
To enable form fill functionality an identity has to be created and all relevant information supplied. It's possible to use multiple identities and identities created from login credential entries. In case of multiple identities a drop-down will offer choice in which to use.
Pro RoboForm's toolbar can be used as a bookmark's bar that automatically logs in
RoboForm's toolbar allows accessing all logins and associated websites. Clicking a website will navigate the browser to the appropriate place and peform the login sequence. It even takes care of multiple identities allowing multiple people to quickly switch between, for example, webmail accounts.
Pro Adding new passwords and updating existing one's requires little manual work
When logging in a website for the first time, RoboForm will offer to save the login credentials via a pop-up. The pop-up allows creating a new entry or replacing an existing one with the information supplied. And if a password has been changed without updating the entry in RoboForm, the application will offer to update the password next time it's used.
Pro Free tier
Roboform for desktop permits the user one license to install one system for free. Paid version, Roboform Everywhere, offers syncronization across multiple platforms for a yearly subscription fee.
Pro Safenotes allow saving free-form data
Pro Portable versions available
Pro Virtual keyboard support for added security
If worried about keyloggers, you can use a virtual keyboard to log in.
Pro Fingerprint verification
Some fingerprint readers can be set up to be used to access RoboForm instead of a master password.
Con Huge memory hog
Each tab and extension in the browser uses significant chunks of RAM, giving the browser poor performance on machines without enough RAM to supply.
Con Online tracking by default
Chrome allows opting out of tracking by going to Settings > Advanced > Privacy and un-checking any unwanted services. Alternatively Chromium can be used to get a similar browser experience without Google's services on top of it.
Con Increasingly slow
When Chrome first came out, it was known for being lightweight and very speedy. Over the years, more and more features have been added to Chrome. Because of this, crashes, errors, and general laggy-ness has increased noticeably.
Con Bad for battery life
Drains battery life on both Windows laptops and Macs much quicker than the alternatives. It can shave hours off the battery life of any non Chromebook laptop.
Google Chrome is proprietary software, meaning that it is not open source.
Con Hard/impossible to transfer passwords to a different machine without uploading them to Google
Con Blurred fonts on Windows
Fonts on Windows are blurred, that is especially noticeable in light fonts on dark background. Small italic text is hard to read.
Con Does not hardware accelerate HTML5 video correctly
Chrome is unable to hardware accelerate HTML5 video correctly which makes playing 4k video on laptops a poor experience filled with lag.
Though there is a workaround for YouTube in that a plugin can be installed to force Flash playback instead of HTML5, which plays smoothly and has no HW acceleration issues. There's another plugin (h264ify) that will force to use the h.264 codec video if available instead of the VP9 one which is the resource hog.
Con No mobile extensions
Chrome on Android and iOS does not support extensions.
Unlike Opera and Vivaldi which are more stable and has more features, Chrome is pretty basic.
Con Bad quality control on extensions
Some just plain don't work while a few actually break the browser.
Con Gives too much weight to Google on the future of the Web
Con Does not help with updating weak and old passwords
You will have to step through the entries yourself.