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Dashlane Review

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PROS / You choose whether you want your password data to remain on your device or if you want it stored in the Dashlane cloud.

CONS / It doesn't work on a Blackberry or Windows Phone.

 VERDICT / Dashlane’s comprehensive feature set, including a digital wallet, password generator and receipt screenshots, distinguishes it from quite a few competitors.

Dashlane Premium, our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award winner among best password managers, simplifies online activity by storing usernames and passwords. Additionally, Dashlane has a digital wallet that lets you shop online. Unlike the free version, Dashlane Premium backs up your account details to encrypted servers that only you can unlock. Dashlane synchronizes all of your devices, as many as you have, but it doesn't support Blackberry or Windows Phone. Dashlane Premium users receive higher priority customer support than users with the free version.

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Features

Similar to most online password managers, Dashlane saves and stores passwords as you log into websites. If you've been using another password manager, Dashlane can import the passwords. It also imports passwords from web browsers. After Dashlane records the information you need for a site, it completes your username and password automatically upon every subsequent visit.

Dashlane has a password generator that rates every password's strength in a way that is easy to understand. It also provides several options for new passwords. You determine whether you want the generated password to incorporate digits, letters or symbols. Dashlane can generate pronounceable passwords, a feature that we have not encountered among its competitors.

With Dashlane, you can securely share access to protected sites, which is standard in the industry. This is useful if you want someone else to be able to use your movie service, for example, but you still want to keep your banking information and other passwords private. The person you share with will get an email with a link that expires after a brief time.

As with most of its competitors, Dashlane incorporates a digital wallet. You can store credit card information with Dashlane so it can fill in your card information when you buy things online. A Dashlane window pops up with tiles of your cards to choose from. It even saves a screenshot of your digital receipts, which is not a common feature of password keepers.

Dashlane has a dashboard dedicated to security that scores the overall safety of your account. The ratings feature is color-coded to show how safe your passwords are. In keeping with best practices in the password protection industry, Dashlane cannot tell you your master password if you should lose it.

Similar to most of its competitors, Dashlane adds a layer of security in the form of a two-step login process: Google Authenticator. Google Authenticator lets you log in with your Dashlane password and then prompts you for another code sent to your phone. You don't have to use it every time, but the option is useful.

Platforms

Dashlane synchronizes logins and passwords so you can use them from PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices. It works with the popular browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. The platforms that Dashlane supports represent the majority of the market. Dashlane doesn’t support Linux or Windows Phone even though a few competitors do.

Help & Support

There is no phone or live chat, which is normal for the password management market. You can get company support through Twitter and a community forum if you need specific questions answered.

Summary

Dashlane is one of the best password managers because it takes all of the passwords that you have in your browser and moves them into a secure vault. As you surf to sites that require passwords, it helps you to create strong passwords and then saves them for later use. When you revisit a site that Dashlane has already stored, it logs you in automatically. You can choose whether your passwords are stored on Dashlane’s servers or on your local devices. Dashlane's comprehensive feature set is remarkable compared to other password managers.

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