Update: Dashlane now offers multi-factor authentication.
Password Boss is a reliable, free password manager that offers all the basic features of a good password manager. It’s comparable to Dashlane, a much more popular password manager that is also free. We compared the two in a number of different categories to see how they stack up.
- Both have password generators that allow you to create strong, unique passwords
- Both use a master password to protect your data
- Both use one-sided encryption
- Both are free with the option to pay for a premium version
- Both offer two-factor authentication
- Dashlane has a security score feature
- Dashlane has a password changer feature that allows you to change all of your saved passwords at once
- Dashlane offers more features in its free version
- Password Boss has more layout options on its interface
The one possible advantage of the Password Boss interface is the ability to view your saved passwords in either a list layout or a tile-like layout. But compared to Dashlane, it looks pretty outdated and a little clunky. The Dashlane interface is much more intuitive and has a more modern feel to it. It also streamlines navigation with clearer visuals, like the ellipsis button on each saved entry that displays all of your options for that login.
Password Boss offers little in the way of security features. While you do have the option to enable two-factor authentication and auto-lock, Password Boss lacks any kind of feature that tells you how strong your saved passwords are. Dashlane, on the other hand, offers a security score feature that gives you a breakdown of each password, indicating if any are weak, old, reused, or compromised. Each password is given a score, and if the score is low, it’ll give you the option to change it. This is a pretty standard and largely helpful feature for a password manager.
Neither Dashlane nor Sticky Password offer specific versions designed for family use. You could potentially use either application for the entire family by creating an account for each user and sharing the desired information among family members.
Winner: Password Boss
Both Password Boss and Dashlane offer business-specific versions of their software that help companies securely share passwords and other sensitive information among multiple employees. Password Boss actually comes out ahead in this category, despite being the loser in the general “security” category, for having more advanced, more customizable security options. Password Boss allows the administrator to choose from a set of security practices to find a security policy best for the company, based on the number of employees.
Both Dashlane and Password Boss are free to use. Password Boss Premium is only $2.50/month compared to Dashlane’s $3.33/month. But Dashlane is the overall better deal because it includes more features in its free version. You need the premium version of Password Boss to access a lot of standard features, like two-factor authentication and the digital wallet feature that allows you to save credit card information.
Both Dashlane and Password Boss have impressive mobile apps. Dashlane comes out on top because it offers more features without having to pay. While the Password Boss app is free to download, you really need to have a premium subscription to get the most of it.
Who Dashlane Might Be Better For:
- Users who want a password manager with a comprehensive security score feature
- Users who want to get the most out of a free password manager
Who Password Boss Might Be Better For:
- Businesses who want a good password manager with customizable security options
- Users who want a more customizable interface
Overall, Password Boss is a fine password manager, but many features that make a password manager worthwhile are only available in the premium version, and it lacks some common security features. Password Boss does have an impressive business application, but ultimately, Dashlane offers a lot more in its free version and has a much more intuitive, cleaner-looking interface. If you’re looking for the best free option, Dashlane is the clear winner here.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.