Dashlane Password Manager Review

Password Manager:
Lee
Version:
2.0
Price:
FREE
Dashlane Password Manager

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4.5
On June 15, 2013
Last modified:June 15, 2013

Summary:

Dashlane is a quality password manager that adds on genuinely useful features that should help you stay secure.

Whats good?

  • receive an alert when websites you use get breached
  • autofill will save you time
  • auto-screenshots of purchases is a useful feature

Whats bad?

  • offering to autofill everything was a bugbear to me but your experience may well be different

Quick summary

Dashlane password manager will allow you place all the passwords you use online under the security of one master password. With a bit of foresight and common sense this will allow you to make your login details much more secure than you may have otherwise done.

Other features in the program allow you to autofill forms and save payment details.

begin

If you are looking for a password manager then I suspect there is a fair chance that you are familiar with the names of a few well known ones such as KeePass, LastPass and perhaps RoboForm.

Another, one that I wasn’t familiar with until recently, is Dashlane which has just been updated to version 2.0 for the PC and version 2.0.1 for Android devices.

browser

The program itself can be protected with one main password without which you will obviously lose access. In order to be effective you will need to ensure that this password, as with all others, is complex and not easy to guess – don’t choose dictionary words and do mix upper and lower case characters and add in numbers.

Features

Dashlane comes with more features than you may expect to see in a program of its type and they do add real value to the product. Here is more on each:

Password manager

The bread and butter of the program is of course the password manager itself.

If you are reading this then I would imagine that you have a fair idea what such a program does already but, if not, the general purpose of such a program is to allow you store all the other passwords you use around the web.

Choosing passwords, especially for a growing number of sites you may use, is not easy, especially if you want to make each one unique and hard to guess (and that is exactly what you should be doing).

But with a password manager you can make them as complex as possible because the program will remember them for you and, in this case, Dashlane does just that.

security-score

Security score and password analysis

One of the other features that Dashlane comes with that I like the look of is the security score.

Before anyone looks at the images above and below and passes comment I would point out that I changed some of my own passwords on a temporary basis purely for the time I was writing this review).

What the security score does is assess the strength and individuality of the passwords you have chosen. If it discovers one or more of your passwords are insecure it will dock you points and alert you to that fact. Likewise, if the program finds that you are reusing the same password across the web it will highlight that as an issue too.

In my testing the program successful flagged the weak and reused passwords that I had employed. Giving this information to anyone using the program is no guarantee that they will take action but, if it applies to you I sincerely hope that you do do something about it post haste.

payments

Wallet

Another thing that you can do with Dashlane is input your regular payment methods, be that your PayPal account details, credit card, debit card or something else.

The program will then remember the details that you have entered. this will speed up the checkout process on the sites you use where you opt for one of these saved payment methods. Also, it means that you won’t have to ‘remember’ your payment details on other sites, thereby minimising the number of locations where your sensitive payment data is stored.

Autofill

The autofill aspect of Dashlane is useful under almost all circumstances. There were a couple of instances where the program tried to fill in data fields on sites I visited where I certainly didn’t want it to but then my computer use is hardly typical so this probably won’t be an issue for you.

Overall impression

I only heard about Dashlane very recently and so had no real knowledge of what it offered until I got to the point of installing it onto my PC. Thereafter I was very impressed.

Password managers aren’t what I would call ‘sexy’ – they simply serve a purpose, albeit an important one for some people. Dashline goes beyond the normal store it and forget it aspect of what such a program does though – the security score and suggestions of how to improve it could be really useful for some people who have trouble creating strong and unique passwords. Whats more, the program can even go back and save your existing passwords as well as any you enter after its installation. This can help in flagging up old faux pas too.

I also like the wallet, especially as it means I only have to store my payment methods in one location. In this day and age storing such data on a range of merchants’ sites can be potentially risky, despite their best efforts to keep such information protected.

This review was for the free version of Dashlane which is well worth the price! The paid version, at $19.99 per year, is not such good value in my opinion but you may think otherwise.

Dashlane is a quality password manager that adds on genuinely useful features that should help you stay secure.
About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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