Dashlane is a great password manager which offers apps and extensions for all major platforms, meaning your passwords will be available, whatever device you’re using.
It’s easy to use too, as once it’s set up, which is a simple process, you it will auto-fill logins, payment details and forms, with you only needing to log back in occasionally to ensure you remember the master password. A notification center tells you of any potential breaches on sitesfor which you have an account, plus it also scours the dark web to see if similar data is being passed around.
You can then use the built-in password generator to create new, complex passwords that will replace the compromised ones. As with all password managers, you’ll only need to know the master password, so the ones you create for sites can be ludicrously complicated, as Dashlane will remember them on your behalf. There’s also the option to use your fingerprint or Face ID if you prefer (and your device has that capability).
Those who’ve been using Chrome to store passwords up until now, can automatically import them to Dashlane, making it a seamless transition.
You can now add Two Factor Authentication to specific sites in Dashlane, which will cause the app generate a 6-digit token whenever a login is attempted. This requires you go to the site in question, enable the two factor authentication features, then choose Dashlane as the authenticator app by scanning a QR code. It takes only a coupe of minutes and instantly boosts your security.
From then on, every time you (or someone else) tries to log into the site, the Dashlane app will display the six-figure code that you’ll need to enter. Slightly more hassle, far better security.
There’s another useful feature where you can share login details securely with friends or family directly from the app. That’s handy if your kids have forgotten the Netflix password for the 500th time.
Aside from passwords, Dashlane also has a digital wallet feature that can securely store your different payment methods, offering quick checkout when shopping online. Inside the app you can also add personal info to speed up filling out online forms, plus there’s an ID section for things such as your driver’s licence or other important documents that you might need to quickly reference.
A secure notes vault also offers a handy space to store other precious data that you don’t want to fall into the wrong hands.
In use, Dashlane is very slick. Across various devices the D icon appears in text and number fields with either log in details available or your name and address for forms. Sometimes it gets a little too helpful, popping up when there are fields on the page which don’t require the information it offers.
We can forgive that though, as for the vast majority of the time it’s always ready to log you in and then get out of the way.
You have a choice of four different tiers. There is a free version that can hold unlimited passwords, and lets you use the secure sharing feature, but only on a single device. Once you sign up to the Advanced tier (costing $3.49/£2.89 per month) you can use Dashlane on unlimited devices and get dark web monitoring as well.
There’s also the Premium tier ($3.99/£3.29 per month) that includes a VPN for secure browsing. The best deal, though, is the Friends & Family plan that offers all the features of Premium but for up to 10 accounts all for $5.99/£4.95 per month.
This the one to choose if you’ve got some mates that want to go in together on an excellent password manager and don’t mind you being the account manager. You can also save 20% off those prices if you pay annually rather than monthly.
Dashlane apps are available for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS and iPadOS, plus browser extensions so you can use them on Chromebooks and Linux.
Get Dashlane here.