myVidoop going away – BUT you can SAVE your passwords!

I’ve been a raving fan of a little known product called myVidoop for years.  myVidoop is a plug-in for your browser that captures, encrypts, and stores your login credentials in the cloud.  It then fills in log-in information automatically.

myVidoop was founded in March of 2006 by Joel Norvell and Luke Sontag. The application was intended to make life more convenient for internet users juggling multiple usernames and passwords.  At the time, a cloud-based password manager was pretty novel and just the thing for business people using multiple computers as it kept track of passwords across home and office desktops and laptops.

Long story shortened, myVidoop is shutting down permanently on January 31, 2013.Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 11.19.01 AM

Thankfully, there is a way to salvage your log-in credentials and use them with the modern service, Dashlane.

Log into http://www.myvidoop.com and navigate to the Sites tab.  You’ll see an Export Passwords button (new!) that will allow you to export your sites and credentials in html format.

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A new browser window will open showing a table of all of your sites.  I use Firefox 18 on a Mac (OSX 10.8).

Here is how I got up and running with Dashlane, a new password management company.

  1. From the newly opened browser window with your table of sites, save the file as a web page to a convenient location like your desktop.  File > Save Page As… > Web Page, complete.
  2. Open the newly saved html page using Excel.  I used Excel 2011 for this.
  3. From Excel, save the file as a Windows CSV format file.  File > Save As…  and choose Format = Windows comma separated (.csv).
  4. Now add a row to the top of the file, add column headers, and re-arrange the columns to look like this:Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 10.28.29 AM
    You can use any text in the note and category fields that you like.  Then save the file (do not change the format, a simple File > Save will do).

Download and install Dashlane.  Follow the set up instructions.  When you’re all set up and Dashlane is working, use the Dashlane import function to pull in your myVidoop sites:  File > Import passwords > LastPass.

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The LastPass format is the same as the one you just created.  Select the .csv file you created from your myVidoop export and Dashlane will import all of your site.  That’s it!  Now Dashlane will do the job of myVidoop.

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