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

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dashlane logo   Dashlane   A Slick New Password Manager, Form Filler & Online Shopping AssistantWe’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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Security Dashboard

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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22 Comments -

agaperules

I”ve been using Dashlane for the last 2 weeks and its fantastic aside from one bug I’ve noticed. Sometimes it forgets the computer you are on and you have to verify once again it is your computer and you have to log into your email and get the verification code. Aside from that its perfect. I love this product and have recommended to other people. 

Chris Hoffman

I’ve been a LastPass user in the past and I’ve been impressed, too.

I haven’t run into that bug, but it is in beta. Hopefully they’ll fix that soon.

Guest

Hi, 
I am Stephanie the Community Manager for Dashlane.  I am glad to hear you are enjoying the Dashlane experience.  Are you still having the computer verification issue?  Please email us at support@dashlane.com so we can help you.  Thank you again! 

JunYu Da

this thing really useful…peace

Chris Hoffman

Pretty awesome, right? Did you leave another password manager for it?

Gohome88

I am very interested in trying Dashlane. I do not see Billeo as a rival PW manger that can be imported from. Can I import data form Billeo?

Chris Hoffman

I looked it up for you. You can’t, but it’s Billeo’s fault: 
https://www.billeo.com/faq/faq_print_passwords.html

From that page: “Currently, we do not have a feature that allows you to print out your entire password list. We also do not have an export feature for exporting your saved password list at this time.”

Yuck! They force you to copy your passwords out one by one. That’s really bad. I’ve never heard of Billeo before, but I am not impressed.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!