There are a variety of password managers available today, but Dashlane is definitely near the top of the list. Its layout and features are similar to LastPass, but thanks to its simplicity, easy-to-use interface, and security features, Dashlane might just be the best option out there.
How To Install
On the Dashlane website’s home screen, click Get Dashlane – It’s Free. The Dashlane application will immediately download to your desktop. Once downloaded, open the application. It will ask you to enter your email and create a strong, unique master password. Once you confirm your master password, it will allow you to add the browser extension.
How It Works
Adding a password to Dashlane is incredibly easy. Go to the Passwords section and click Add New. You will then be prompted to enter the website and the login and password. It also gives you the option to generate a new password on the spot. Once saved, Dashlane will automatically fill in the login information when you go to that website. Dashlane also comes with a list of categories — select from the dropdown to save a login for email, social media, finance, or streaming, among other options.
A password can also be automatically saved to Dashlane just by logging on to a website. A window will pop up asking if you would like to save the password to Dashlane. Simply click save, and it will be added to your Dashlane folder.
The Dashlane interface is perhaps the easiest to use of all the password managers available right now. Like LastPass, Dashlane displays your saved passwords in a tile-like layout. But getting the information for each login is a little more streamlined. When you hover over a tile, a little ellipsis pops up. Click on it, and it gives you several options. You can edit the information, copy the password and/or login, and view password history. It even gives you the option to go directly to the website.
The navigation menu on the left is divided into three categories: Password Manager, which includes your password storage, the security dashboard, and secure notes, Wallet, where you can store information like credit card numbers and digital copies of identification, and Contacts, which allows you to share information with others.
Dashlane makes sharing passwords easy, too. Click Share in your password folder and enter the email address of the person you want to share with. Then select which passwords you want to share. You can also grant the recipient “limited rights,” meaning they can only view the information, or “full rights,” meaning they can edit, share, and even revoke your access to that information.
Dashlane offers a cool feature that allows you to change all of your saved passwords at once. In the Passwords section, click Password Changer, and Dashlane will automatically change many of your passwords. This is a great security feature, because you should be changing all of your passwords every 90 days for optimum protection, and this ideally allows you to do it all at once. The downside is that this feature only works for a select number of websites. Granted, there are about 500 websites included, but the list does exclude some popular ones, including most social networking sites.
This is a pretty standard feature for most password managers. Dashlane provides a multiple selection option, so if you have multiple credit cards saved in the Wallet section, Dashlane will display all of them in the autofill area when you’re entering a credit card number. Dashlane’s website claims that the average Dashlane user saves about 50 hours every year thanks to their autofill feature.
Another common password manager feature is a password generator, which automatically creates a strong, unique password for you. When entering a password, Dashlane will tell you if it’s a weak password and give you the option to generate a new one. Dashlane also lets you customize the generated password in depth, allowing you to change the length, numbers, digits, symbols, and pronounceability of the password.
Dashlane offers an Emergency feature, which allows you to designate an emergency contact that will have access to all of the passwords and notes in your Dashlane account. There is also an “advanced” setting that allows you to designate which passwords specifically you want to share. It also gives you the option to select a waiting period or require your response before access.
While the regular version of Dashlane is free, you can upgrade to Dashlane Premium by paying for a subscription. Premium offers additional features like secure account backup and a sync feature that allows you to automatically sync passwords and data across all of your devices.
Dashlane Business allows you to share information securely among employees. A designated admin can manage employees and permissions from the Admin Console. They also offer a unique feature called Smart Spaces, which allows employees to separate their personal information from shared company information. This allows the admin to regulate shared data without compromising personal data, ensuring the safety of personal information.
Dashlane is strong on security. In the navigation menu, there is a section called the Security Dashboard. When you click on it, a percentage automatically appears, representing your security score. This score is based on the strength of your passwords. Below the score, there is a breakdown of each password, which shows you if any of them are weak, old, reused, or compromised. Then, each password is given its own individual score. If the score is below 100 percent, there is an Action button right next to it, which allows you to change the password to something stronger.
It’s a lot like the “security challenge” feature on LastPass. But Dashlane streamlines the process by offering this information right in the application and automatically showing you your score, without having to physically run the test in a separate window.
Other security features include built-in two factor authentication, which automatically requires you to enter a code if you try to access Dashlane from another device. Like many other password managers, Dashlane encrypts your master password locally, so they never have access to your master password — and neither do hackers. Just make sure your master password is strong, and update it frequently.
Dashlane streamlines mobile use by conveniently texting you the mobile app download link as soon as you install the application on your computer. You will be sent a text with a link to download the app. The app is free and easy to use, with an efficiently designed interface. It will send you a code via email for authentication purposes when you try to log into the app. The app also gives you the option of “locking” Dashlane on your phone. If you have an iPhone, you can use Touch ID to unlock it.
- Dashlane: Free
- Dashlane Premium: Free 30 day trial, then $3.33/month, billed annually
- Dashlane Business: $4 per user/month, billed annually
Who It Might Be Good For
- Users who want a great, free password manager
- Users seeking an intuitive interface
- Users looking for a way to change multiple passwords at once
- People looking for a business version of a password manager
Who It Might Not Be Good For
- Users looking for a family option
- Users who prefer the LastPass interface
Unlike some other password managers, Dashlane does not offer a “families” option, which would allow you to share information between family members while controlling what information each member can access. Dashlane does gives you the option to share one account with multiple people, but that’s about it. So while it’s technically possible to create an account that everyone in your family can use, Dashlane is probably not the best password manager for an optimal family account.
Dashlane is great for anyone who wants an easy-to-use password manager. For no cost, it works seamlessly and has a lot of helpful features, and it’s great for first time password manager users, given its intuitive interface and step-by-step setup process.