How Does It Work?
Dashlane allows users to keep track of all passwords, regardless of whether they are used daily or infrequently. The system creates unique passwords across multiple accounts, and then a secure webform fill-out system automatically completes passwords whenever a known website is accessed.
Passwords are stored in a secure, encrypted vault that only you can access with your master password, from approved devices. If a website suffers a security breach, Dashlane will instantly notify its users and prompt them to change compromised passwords.
After downloading, the first step in using this system is to check whether the extension has been correctly installed on the browser. A green light will be evident if the user is logged in and the software is correctly installed. On Safari however, the icon will be featured in dark grey.
Once you’re logged in, all online accounts can be accessed with one-click functionality. The icon for Dashlane is the Impala. A grey impala indicates that no password is available for that login, while a blue impala indicates that a password currently exists. When you’re ready to log in to a website, simply select your desired login and the right username/password combination will automatically be entered.
The process is similar when setting up e-commerce accounts like eBay, Amazon etc. Dashlane allows users to customize the payment processing methods of their choice, and it completes the forms accordingly. The extension menu showcases all available logins, and full customization of password length, alphanumeric composition, and even pronunciation is available.
Features and Specifications
Dashlane secures the online shopping experience by automatically filling out credit card fields for its users. The system can also import passwords from other password managers like LastPass or Keeper, as well as storing passwords directly from a web browser—Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer etc.
The password generator is a particularly useful tool that rates the strength of passwords in an easy-to-understand format, providing color-coded ratings for the security of each password and tips on how to improve their complexity. Other useful features are available with the software as well, including sharing access to secure sites (Netflix, Hulu, Prime etc.).
The system stands out from competitors by combining three tiers of security:
- All data that is entered and stored with Dashlane is completely encrypted (AES-256).
- Neither the company nor anyone else has access to the master password to decrypt the data; only the user has this access.
- Two-factor authentication completes the security architecture.
Dashlane is available for both Mac and Windows desktop, and a multitude of browsers are supported with the software, including Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Mobile use is supported across Android and iOS devices. This covers most of the market, but Blackberry, Windows Phone and Linux are not supported.
Dashlane’s only notable limitation is the aforementioned lack of support for Windows Phone and Blackberry devices. Additionally, customer support is limited to a (well-developed) FAQ section as well as an online email form. Direct email and phone assistance are not provided.
There are two versions of Dashlane available to users—free and premium. The free version only works on a single device. It is possible to share as many as five logins with additional users, but no online password access is available in the free mode. Further, no syncing of data across multiple devices is possible. The premium version runs at $3.33 per month, billed annually. It provides complete feature functionality, as well as unlimited sharing with users and logins. It works on multiple devices.
Dashlane is a security-obsessed company, and its patented system is one of the most impressive in the industry. The system has some limitations, but most users will not be affected by them.
The premium version is worth paying the few dollars per month, as it offers enhanced functionality and a wide range of password protection, password management, and password customization features. Overall, a great password manager.