Dashlane 1.1 - A robust password manager for mobile phones & desktops


Dashlane 1.1 is an excellent security app which is available for almost all platforms. Read the article for its setup, installation, features, price, pros and cons.

In the present era of technology, we are highly dependent on internet for our day to day activities. Be it accessing bank accounts, purchasing products or sharing official documents, internet is used everywhere. Then, isn't breach of online security a major concern? Hackers are always on a look out to exploit and cash any holes in the security.

With the presence of so many password managers in market these days, anyone can easily avail one and benefit. Infact, many of these password management solutions are available on internet for free. Last week, I was searching on internet for a password manager when I came across Dashlane 1.1. The best thing about the product is that it requires minimal effort and looks exceptionally elegant. You would rarely find a password manager as well designed as Dashlane. The interface is extremely user-friendly. It supports all essential tasks. As you read ahead, you will see that some of the features Dashlane 1.1 boasts of are not present in other password managers. It is a robust security app for both mobile phones & desktop and anyone can use it as it is available for almost all platforms. It is also available for Android.

Setup & installation


Go to the official website of Dashlane to download the application. Like other password managers, it does not have any major requirements and can be used with all leading web browsers including Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. Once it is installed on your computer or mobile phone, create an account by entering your email id and a master password. This master password should be strong and include multiple characters. It can't be recovered if you forget it. Previously, it used to be a two page login but Dashlane has recently improved on this point.

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You can sync multiple Macs and PCs through your online account and the data will remain completely secure. All communications between client and the website is protected by AES 256 bit encryption. No brute force attack is possible here for hackers or employees. Even Dashlane can't see your confidential data. Except credit card numbers and security codes, the application syncs between computers all details including login credentials and purchase history. However, users have an option to limit what all Dashlane can sync.

If you don't sync, the password manager will operate as a standalone application on the computer. In the standalone mode, the application resembles RoboForm Desktop 7 and otherwise it resembles RoboForm Everywhere 7.

Dashboard view


Once the account is created, you will be redirected to the dashboard. Now whenever you open any account on internet, Dashlane will ask you to select a category for that website and will automatically store its login & password. Unlike LastPass, the application classifies the data into categories like banking, news, entertainment, utility, etc. The multiple categories help you to organize and search your data. If you want to modify any username or password, just choose a relevant category and select from the limited websites.

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You can store any number of credentials and never type usernames & passwords to re-open the accounts. You can also import passwords from RoboForm Desktop 7, Keepass, Password Wallet and Last Pass 1.72. Dashlane also allows you to select the user account you want to operate on a given website. For example, if you have multiple Gmail accounts, the application will store all usernames & passwords and then allow you to choose the account you want to use. While filling the credential details, you can add other details like address and phone numbers by clicking on 'Add new'.

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You will see an e-Wallet in left of the screen. Here, users can store confidential details about payments and bank-receipts. The Payment tab allows adding PayPal account number and debit/credit cards. Other password managers like LastPass, RoboForm and Kaspersky also store credit card details but Dashlane even allows adding bank logo and card color. This will help you to pick the desired card just by its logo and color when filling a web form.

In personal information section, users can store identity card, tax number, social security number, driver's license and passport information under IDs.

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The application comes packed with a form-filler and your details will be automatically put in forms and credit/debit cards if you select this feature. Once you have created the account, Dashlane will invite you to select the desired features and configure account settings. Once this is done, it will sit in the system tray. You need to click on the icon and login to manage your online and offline accounts. After thirty minutes of inactivity, Dashlane will log out by default. You can turn off the automatic log-out feature if you want.

Advantages


  • The interface is well designed. The application is extremely easy to use.

  • The 'Express Checkout' feature of Dashlane records all online purchases and automates shopping. The merchant name, payment transactions and dates are all kept intact for future reference.

  • Drawbacks


  • Dashlane is less geeky and some oddballs like one of my local community's website which requires numeric ID threw it off. Other password managers like Kaspersky and LastPass handle such quirks well but Dashlane continues to follow a streamlined approach. Also, it failed to manage unusual login configurations when I imported my LastPass passwords. As a result, all the passwords didn't come through.

  • Unlike most password managers, no two-factor authentication is present.

  • Application passwords are not managed.

  • Unlike LastPass, Kaspersky and Roboform, the menu of Dashlane toolbar button does not give direct access to stored logins. Clicking on it, you will first have to open the main application and the stored logins will be then launched.

  • Versions and pricing


    Dashlane can be downloaded for free from its official website or Google Play. The app has all core features, is completely ad-free and is valid for thirty days. If you want more advanced features like automatic cloud backups of data and seamless syncing across unlimited devices, you can buy a premium account which costs $19.99/year only.

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