The master password for your password management utility protects every single one of your other stored passwords, so it needs to be a very strong password. For additional protection, many password managers let you enable some form of two-factor authentication. AllWebID goes further, making two-factor authentication a central feature. It's a good concept, but the competition offers all the same features and more for a lower price.
AllWebID works best when paired with a fingerprint reader, either one built into your laptop or a standalone unit. You swipe a finger to log into the ID Manager, and swipe again each time the product fills in a password for you. Not having a fingerprint reader at hand, I used the product's optional phone-based two-factor authentication.
Once you've downloaded and launched the AllWebID client application, you need to create an account. You supply an email address and a so-called User ID. I say "so-called" because the User ID is effectively a password, and is used as such in the program. That means you need to make it complex and non-guessable, like the master password for any password management program.
You also need to supply a cell phone number for verification. Once you type in the PIN code texted to your phone, you can complete the installation and install drivers for a fingerprint reader, if you have one.
In its free trial mode, AllWebID will store credentials for just five websites. That's enough to let you get a feel for the program, but if you decide to actually use it you'll want to upgrade to the no-limits premium edition. While the price is nominally $5 per month, you have to pay for a full year at a time, so it's really $60 upfront.
Your passwords and details are stored online in encrypted form and transmitted securely to your local PC. That means you can install the AllWebID client on as many Windows-based computers as you like, with no need to manually synchronize data. LastPass 2.0 also keeps all your data in secured online storage; Dashlane 1.1 give you the choice of local-only password storage or synchronization through the Web. Note, too, that you can use either of these on Macs and mobile devices, while AllWebID is strictly for Windows.
AllWebID supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome, but unlike most password managers it doesn't add a browser toolbar button. When it detects that you've logged in to a secure site, it pops up a small window at the bottom right corner of the screen offering to save the credentials you entered. You can accept the site's URL as the name for this entry, or type in any name you prefer.
LastPass, RoboForm Everywhere 7, Password Genie 4.0, and quite a few others let you enter a category for each captured site, such as "finance," "email, or "travel." Using categories helps keep your passwords organized. LastPass and RoboForm even allow nested categories, as do KeePass and 1Password for Windows.
AllWebID doesn't use categories at all, like Trend Micro DirectPass. This lack of categories could make finding one password out of dozens difficult. Fortunately AllWebID does include a search box in its main window. Trend Micro lacks both a category system and a search box, so if you have a lot of saved logins finding a particular one can be tough.