Update: Dashlane now offers multi-factor authentication.
RoboForm offers the basics of a good password manager, but it’s a little different from some of the more standard password managers, like Dashlane. The interface is definitely different, and may take some getting used to. Like Dashlane, RoboForm is free. So which is better? Check out our side by side comparison 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 have security features that allow you to monitor your password practices
- Both offer two-factor authentication
- Dashlane’s security features are more comprehensive
- Dashlane has a password changer feature that allows you to change all of your saved passwords at once
- Dashlane allows you to save passwords by adding them directly to the application
- RoboForm can only save passwords by importing the form data from the website
- RoboForm offers a family-specific version of their software
- RoboForm allows you to create separate identities, making it easier to autofill for work or personal logins
Both interfaces are easy to use, but the RoboForm interface has a few drawbacks. In Dashlane, you can save a password by entering it directly into the Dashlane application. To save a password to RoboForm, you have to go to the website and enter your credentials. It will automatically save the form specific data from that website to your passwords folder. Not being able to add a login information directly to the application can be annoying, especially for users who just want to add several logins all at once. The folder organization system in RoboForm is also slightly confusing.
RoboForm has a basic security auditing feature in the application called the Security Center, which gives you an overall percentage score of all your saved passwords. It also breaks down the strength of each password, and tells you if there are any reused or duplicate passwords. Dashlane offers a more comprehensive security test, providing a more detailed analysis of all of your passwords, indicating which ones are weak, old, duplicated, or compromised.
RoboForm offers a version of the application called RoboForm Family, which allows families with up to five users to share logins, identities, and safe notes. A central administrator can decide which users have access to what information, while individual users can also create their own, private entries. Dashlane does not offer a specific family version of its software.
Both RoboForm and Dashlane offer business-specific applications designed to help companies securely share passwords and other sensitive information among multiple employees. Both allow a central administrator to designate permissions, assign credentials, and view password security reports. Dashlane ultimately wins for offering a unique feature called Smart Spaces, which allows employees to separate their personal information from shared company information.
Both Dashlane and RoboForm are free to use. The premium version of RoboForm is $20/year, while a subscription to Dashlane Premium is a little more expensive at $40/year. RoboForm also offers three- and five-year subscriptions.
Both RoboForm and Dashlane have impressive mobile apps. Both have an intuitive interface with a tile-like layout, a Touch ID login option, and an autofill function. They also both include a built-in browser that allows you to use the internet within the app, adding an extra layer of security against hackers.
Who Dashlane Might Be Better for:
- Users who want a comprehensive security test feature
- Users who want an easy-to-use, intuitive interface
Who RoboForm Might Be Better For:
- Families who want a password manager specifically designed for family use
- Users who want to be able to easily monitor the strength of their passwords
RoboForm is an adequate password manager, offering all the essential password manager functions for no cost. It operates a little differently than Dashlane, but as long as you don’t mind acquainting yourself with the RoboForm interface, it’s not difficult to use once you figure it out.
Dashlane offers more in the way of security, including a more comprehensive security check feature, and it offers two-factor authentication in the free version, while RoboForm only offers it in the premium version. They’re both free, and Dashlane is easier to use, so unless you want a family-specific password manager, you’ll likely prefer Dashlane.
To learn more, read our review of the best password managers of 2019.