Does anyone here use RoboForm* (or anything like it) to automatically log in to Stackoverflow?

* RoboForm lets me log into any website using one click (automatically goes to website's login URL, fills out name/password form, "clicks" login button).

If I were logging into Yahoo Mail (for example), RoboForm would open a brower to 'mail.yahoo.com', type in my username/password, and click 'login'... automatically. So RoboForm works as both an Internet shortcut (to open a browser to the right site) and an automation tool (to log me in).

But, because of OpenID, the URL of the name/password screen is different each time I log into Stackoverflow. I can't find a specific URL (for a login page) that I can put into RoboForm to log me into my Stackoverflow account. If I try to reuse the same URL each time, it doesn't work.

I'm trying to get back that one-click-does-all functionality. Has anyone else tried this?

  • I use Roboform, but haven't found a way to bypass the extra clicks, I just have one click to do when I get to the providers site. Jul 28, 2009 at 14:11
  • I use Roboform on a USB flash drive as both my "bookmarks" and password manager. Locally, I have cookies. But when I am on another computer, I have to open a browser, type in the URL, then click 'log in', then select my open ID provider before RoboForm even comes into the picture. Lazy, I know, but I was hoping to get back my one-click functionality when I was on the road throughout the day. Jul 28, 2009 at 15:38

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I don't know if you have your own web host, but if you do there's a neat solution that I've found and currently use - become your own OpenID provider with phpMyID.

One of the nice things about phpMyID is that it uses basic HTTP authentication to authorize you, so it should be easy for programs like RoboForm to remember who you are - even browsers can remember this information automatically, or in the case of Safari automatically submit it so I don't even have to enter through the form to continue - I'm automagiaclly logged in.

It requires a web host with PHP, and preferably your own domain to put it on so it's easy to type.

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  • So you go to your web page and see this form. When you click 'Log In' does that automatically bring you to SO, SU, SF, or Meta automatically? Would you need four different pages to log into each site? It may not help me specifically but interesting nonetheless. Jul 28, 2009 at 14:18
  • The same one for all four - it's just OpenID. And yes, once I click "Log In" I'm logged in. I don't actually see any page, blank or otherwise, just the login box, so I never really leave SO/SU/etc. Jul 28, 2009 at 14:34
  • So I'm trying to figure out if you end up with a specific, unique URL that you could type directly into a browser that will bring you to your login form, without clicking through the OpenID pages of Stackoverflow (who's URL changes each time). [I updated my question to, hopefully, make my question more clear] Jul 28, 2009 at 15:46
  • I think I understand what you're getting at, but I don't think that it's possible with OpenID, as I'm pretty sure that the site you're signing in to has to initiate the sign-in connection. Under the circumstances, I think that getting your browser to remember your password and sign you in automatically when you provide your OpenID URL is the best you'll get. Jul 28, 2009 at 16:42
  • phpMyID is dead now.
    – Benny
    Jan 23, 2011 at 1:25

When you click on one of the openid providers, it automatically fills in a url into the textbox. So, for https://stackoverflow.com/login, you could have RoboForm fill in http://yahoo.com (or the url for whichever provider you use) and have it submit the form. That should direct you to the yahoo login form, which again, RoboForm can automatically fill out for you and submit.

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