Update: Dashlane now offers multi-factor authentication.
LogMeOnce is one of the more unique password managers available. In addition to the standard master password, LogMeOnce offers a photo verification option as a means of protecting your account. LogMeOnce will snap a photo of you, and you’ll have to verify that it’s actually you before you can access all of your passwords. So how does it stack up compared to a more traditional password manager like Dashlane?
- Both offer the option to use a master password to protect your data
- Both use one-sided encryption
- Both are free, but offer a premium version for an extra cost
- Both offer two-factor authentication
- Both offer business-specific versions of the application
- Both are accessible offline
- LogMeOnce offers a photo verification option in addition a master password option
- Dashlane has a “security score” feature that generates a report of the strength of your passwords
- LogMeOnce offers a variety of unique security features, like the hacker “mugshot”
- LogMeOnce produces productivity charts to demonstrate account activity
- Dashlane has a password changer feature that allows you to change all of your saved passwords at once
Winner and Loser Categories
The LogMeOnce interface is colorful and uses some creative fonts, icons, and animations. It almost looks like an application made for a kid. Overall, the layout itself looks a little cluttered and outdated, and some of the animations are a little distracting. Dashlane wins this category because its interface has a sleek, simple interface that is easy to navigate, and the tile layout is overall much more efficient.
Dashlane and LogMeOnce are both very strong in the security category, but offer very different features. Dashlane’s security score feature is helpful in demonstrating the overall strength of your passwords and breaking them down into categories like weak, old, duplicate, compromised, etc. It’s an easy feature to use, and also helps users develop better password management skills.
But if you want the most intense possible security, LogMeOnce is the way to go. If you choose the photo verification option, LogMeOnce will snap a photo of you on your computer and send it to your phone. From there, you will be able to confirm your identity and access your passwords on your computer. This option gives you two-factor authentication by default, since you have to have access to another device in order to login. This option is a little extreme, but it adds a layer of security beyond password protection alone. And, if someone else tries to login to your account, LogMeOnce will take a photo of the hacker and show the date, time, and geolocation of the hack, as well as the IP address of the hacker. It will then provide a detailed, comprehensive report with all of this information. Again, this is an extreme feature, but ideal for someone who is fervent about security.
Neither Dashlane nor LogMeOnce offer specific versions designed for family use. You could potentially use either program for the entire family by simply creating an account for each user and sharing the desired information amongst each other. Dashlane would probably be best for this because its interface is more user-friendly, and probably easier for kids to follow.
LogMeOnce Business offers the same photo login feature as the consumer version, but it also allows the administrator to verify the identification of each employee. This is really the only feature that sets it apart from Dashlane Business. Both allow a central administrator to grant specific access and permissions to its employees, and both allow employees to create two separate password vaults, one for personal use and one for business use. While both are good options, Dashlane wins here because its interface is much easier to navigate and a lot less cluttered, which is more ideal for administrators dealing with multiple employees.
The most basic versions of Dashlane and LogMeOnce are free. But LogMeOnce offers two additional premium versions: LogMeOnce Professional for $1/month and LogMeOnce Ultimate for $3.25/month. Dashlane’s premium version is slightly more expensive at $3.33/month.
A mobile app is probably the most logical device to use for photo verification, since it’s easy to snap a photo on your smartphone. For that reason, LogMeOnce comes out on top in the mobile app category; you can easily use either a master password or photo verification to login. Like the desktop application, the mobile app’s interface is a little less modern looking than Dashlane’s, but it’s easier to navigate than the desktop application.
Who Dashlane Might Be Better For:
- Users who want a solid, traditional password manager
- Users who want a sleeker, more modern-looking password manager
- Users who are new to password managers, and want a more intuitive interface
- Users who want a security score feature
Who LogMeOnce Might Be Better For:
- Users who like the option of photo verification
- Users who want more extreme security features
- Users who don’t mind using a different kind of interface
Dashlane and LogMeOnce are difficult to compare side by side since they’re so different. If you want a traditional, no-frills, easy to use password manager, Dashlane is definitely the more ideal option. Overall, it’s much more user-friendly and offers simple tools to help you stay on top of the strength of your passwords.
LogMeOnce would be the better option if you want extreme security. The photo verification login option adds a layer of security beyond a password alone, and automatically builds in two-factor authentication since you have to verify the photo on another device. That said, the interface is definitely a little clunky, and it looks a bit outdated. So while Dashlane and LogMeOnce both have their strengths, it ultimately comes down to which features you value most in a password manager.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.