Dashlane – A Slick New Password Manager, Form Filler & Online Shopping Assistant

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password managerWe’ve covered password managers extensively here at MakeUseOf in the past. They’re one of the best ways to cope with the huge amount of passwords we have to deal with. Dashlane is a strong new contender on the password manager scene.

If you’ve tried a few password managers before, you’ve probably learned to expect some roughness around the edges. They’re solid, useful applications, but their interfaces can be overly complex and inconvenient.  Dashlane doesn’t just reduce the friction entailed with entering passwords, personal data and payment information on the Web; it also reduces the friction that’s accompanied password managers themselves.

The Interface

Dashlane is available for Windows and Mac. It has browser extensions for integration with Chrome and Firefox, but it doesn’t only run in your browser.

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From the Dashlane window, you can add personal data for Dashlane’s form filler.

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You can also add ID cards and payment information, such as credit cards. Dashlane lays the cards out logically, with slick graphics.

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Dashlane can import passwords from web browsers and competing password managers like LastPass and Keepass.

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When you need to enter personal data, you’ll see Dashlane’s form filler in action. You can fill the form without ever touching your keyboard.

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Dashlane can generate strong passwords when you’re creating a new password.

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Sign into an account on a website and Dashlane will notice. You can save the password for later and have Dashlane automatically log you in in the future.

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Saved logins are stored in the Logins and Passwords section, along with categories and website logos. Click the Play button while hovering over a website’s logo to open it in your browser and log in. Click a website’s logo to see or edit its login information.

Dashlane automatically logs you into websites when you visit them. If you have multiple accounts, Dashlane prompts you to choose an account.

Dashlane promises mobile apps and Internet Explorer integration soon.

Sync

Dashlane’s sync is completely optional. You can use it as a local application and back up your data manually, or use it as a cloud-based password manager and sync your data across your devices.

When you sign into Dashlane from another computer, Dashlane sends you a code by email or SMS message. It’s a simple approach to two-factor authentication that works well. Other password managers like LastPass offer various two-factor authentication methods, but they can all be removed by someone with access to the account’s email address. This approach simplifies the process and doesn’t detract from security.

Dashlane never synchronizes your credit card numbers or other pieces of payment information.

Security

Dashlane doesn’t just have a pretty interface, it has a strong security architecture underneath.

Your passwords and other personal data are encrypted with a master password you provide. You must remember this password or you’ll lose access to your data forever – Dashlane can’t reset it for you. This prevents even their employees from accessing your personal data.

Dashlane helps you create a strong master password when you set it up. Provide a sentence and year and it’ll help you generate a password.

If you enable sync, you can also view your data and manage allowed devices from the Dashlane website.

Online Shopping

Dashlane isn’t just a password manager, it’s also an online shopping assistant. Its express checkout feature detects checkout pages and guides you through them.

Dashlane saves receipts of your purchases, so you can view them later. Dashlane even saves screenshots of the checkout process.

Entering payment information is a lot slicker than it is with competing form fillers.

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Dashlane’s security dashboard scans your passwords and displays their strength. If you have insecure passwords, you can log into them with Dashlane and change the password. When you change the password on the website, Dashlane will generate a secure password for you and remember it.

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Conclusion

Dashlane could bring password managers to a wider audience. Its interface and architecture show a real attempt to simplify what has traditionally been a complex type of software. Sure, all of these features – except the online-shopping ones – are available in other password managers and form fillers, but they’ve never been done quite this well before.

Dashlane is currently in beta, but it’s open to the public. They promise all current beta features will remain free to everyone.

Have you tried Dashlane? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought. Or do you prefer one of its competitors, KeePass or LastPass?

Image Credit: Online shopping screenshots via Dashlane

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Comments (22)
  • cranko_

    i’m a heavy lastpass user for the past 2 years and so far, i don’t face any problem syncing all my password used in various location (office, home, laptop).

    So i read the above post and checkout the Dashlane website and……….wow.The UI is so damn pretty and i’m thinking of switching from lastpass to Dashlane.

    Gonna give it a try and play around before solely rely on Dashlane.

    • Chris Hoffman

      I’m back to using LastPass for now (especially since I have a LastPass Premium subscription), but LastPass could learn a lot from Dashlane’s interface.

    • cranko_

      Ok, so i’ve decided to switch back to Lastpass finally.

      The features that i like the most on Dashlane are definitely the UX design, very easy to use with their sleek interface.Their design team has really done a great job on it seriously.

      The point system is very exciting where i can easily unlock the premium feature by importing all my 360 account from Lastpass to Dashlane, for 25000 points, you can redeem the premium feature on the bonus points section.

      And the ranking system is kinda cute, you will get promoted to the certain rank once you complete certain stage on adding accounts, make purchases, invitation and completing your profile.Interesting but i’m not really fancy about it.

      It will be good if Dashlane can change to the banner system when asking for saving the password instead of replicating the Safari roll-down Keychain button.Much better in my opinion.

      And the biggest reason for me to switch is definitely the major part…Most of the website and forum are not supported by Dashlane, yet maybe.Hopefully they will improve it in future, and i’ll definitely settle with their premium account.

      So i’ve made my decision to subscribe Lastpass Premium finally.So hard to ditch the Dashlane, if only we could marry these 2, it will be the best looking good Password Management software to-date!

  • Robert Hopgood

    Lazy programming. Since it runs on MacOS, and is a browser plugin, it would not have taken much to get it running on Linux. Why isn’t this garbage called to task??

    • Chris Hoffman

      For one thing, it’s beta. For another, it’s more than a browser plug-in — it’s a plug-in plus a separate desktop application.

      I actually went back to using Lastpass for a couple reasons — but I still think Lastpass could learn from Dashlane’s interface.

  • Domnicsloane

    Note, above the address box, strange, was not too sure what to think after seeing that. ???? 

    • Chris Hoffman

      That’s absolutely insane. I don’t even see that box there in mine. I’ve pinged the Dashlane people to this post, so they can deal with this.

  • Domnicsloane

    No, defiantly not a captcha. it just came up above the address box in the same text as the the application form. 

    • Chris Hoffman

      That’s.. bizarre. I’m not sure what to say. Do you have a screenshot?

  • Domnicsloane

    I just downloaded Dashlane, and was setting up my password and on to where it asked me to input my address details, and just above the address box, this came up  ( crystal meth is awesome ), why would this come up, especial when you are exporting all your passwords to them, ????????. I must say I was shocked to see this, just wondering if anyone had seen this. I got rid of it and changed my passwords all over again.    

    • Chris Hoffman

      I’m confused too — was it a captcha? No one controls what captcha boxes show, and they can occasionally be offensive.

    • Alexis Fogel

      Thanks a lot for the notice and really sorry about that. To be clear about what happened, this sentence comes from the TV show Breaking Bad and one of our developer used it to test the UI before receiving the final text. This should have been removed but Ireland has a specific address format and it we missed it. Hotfix is coming next week. Thanks

    • Chris Hoffman

      I knew it!

      Every now and then you hear about something like this. Programmers should use professional stub text for this reason.

    • Alexis Fogel

      Totally. Thanks to that we have a new policy so it won’t happen again (so we were lucky that it happened during beta time)

    • Chris Hoffman

      Great to hear, Alexis! Good thing it happened during beta and not when a professional reviewer was taking a look at the final product.

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