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Dashlane 4 review: Easy and convenient password management for your Mac

Marco Tabini | Jan. 27, 2016
Dashlane stores all your passwords in a secure digital vault; it automatically matches them to the appropriate icon or logo, and features a powerful search function for quick access.

In keeping with the rest of the user interface, the browser extensions tend to be quite verbose. For example, when they detect a new login, they display a modal dialog that captures the browser’s entire input until you’ve decided whether you want to store the username and password inside Dashlane. Like with the introduction, this feels a bit overbearing but is also a great way to encourage users to save as much of their data as possible for later use.

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Dashlane stores all your passwords in a secure digital vault; it automatically matches them to the appropriate icon or logo, and features a powerful search function for quick access.

The good kind of audit

Managing your passwords doesn’t just mean saving them and using them to quickly fill out login forms, of course. You also need to choose good passwords that are hard to guess, avoid using them across multiple websites, and make sure that they are changed on a regular basis.

Thanks to a couple of handy features, Dashlane makes this process very easy. The first, which goes by the name of Security Dashboard, audits the contents of your digital vault for passwords that need changing because they are either too weak, too old, or too frequently used. The dashboard provides a clear visual representation of what needs to be done and even suggests some quick actions that improve your situation with minimal effort.

The second, appropriately named Password Changer, allows you to automatically change your password on a number of popular websites without actually having to visit them: You simply provide the new password, and Dashlane takes care of the entire process for you; it even allows you to address multiple sites at the same time, using a different strong passphrase for each of them.

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The Security Dashboard analyzes your passwords and tells you which ones need changing because they are too weak or have been reused across multiple sites. In many case, the app can even change your logins without any manual intervention.

Syncing to conclusions

The basic version of Dashlane is free, and can only store your private data—encrypted using industry-standard algorithms—locally on your hard drive.

If you want to back up your digital vault or synchronize it across multiple devices, including those running iOS and Windows, the company also offers a custom cloud offering that saves all the information on its servers for a fee of $40 per year. This also comes with the ability to access your passwords over the Web and share them in a secure way with colleagues and family members.

 

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