Dashlane Password Manager Review: Is it safe to use?

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Confidence is good but overconfidence is what makes most of us vulnerable and prone to getting hacked.

It is the over-confidence that most of us use the same password on all websites we access. Even though we know it’s dangerous, and we are prone to hacking, we don’t want to take the hassle of creating a new password for every website we sign up on.

Why will a hacker target me? I don’t have money, and I’m not that important.

This is another psychological reason that we don’t take our own security as an utmost priority.

In the initial years of my online career, I was the same and had a few passwords which I used on all the websites. Since my passwords were very, I considered myself safe. That despite the fact that I’m a computer engineer and know that this is not a good practice. It wasn’t like I was not aware of the security threat of using same passwords. It was just that I had no solution to my trouble.

I signup on a couple of websites every day (part of my blogging career), and I can’t possibly create a new password for every website. It’s just not practical.

This is where I started looking for a solution.

I have read about password managers like LastPass, OnePass a few times and tested it for a while but none of them appealed to me. Mostly because of the not so appealing interface or lack of modern features. After a few failed attempts at using password managers, I eventually shifted back to my old style of re-using the same password over and over.

Sometime between 2016 and 2017, I happened to land on haveibeenpwned.com. Just like any curious mind, I entered my email address to check if any of the websites where I have ever signed up is compromised.

And within seconds my jaw dropped.

password-stolen

Pwned on 16 breached sites and found 5 pastes.

I enter straight into the world of insecurity and paranoia.

Imagine someone whose entire world is online and the person realizes that their reused password is already available to hackers. The world came crashing down.

It was time to take action.

One simple solution was to change the passwords on all the websites one by one. However, this time I didn’t want to repeat my wrongs. I didn’t want to reuse the passwords. I wanted to be smart or at least do whatever was possible to help improve my online security.

I spent days, if not weeks, to find the best solutions for managing passwords. I knew there was no point waiting or delaying the use of password managers.

One of my superpowers is identifying good projects where I spend countless hours until I have a solution. I believe this is the perk of being one curious mind.

I had a mission and I was on it.

I looked into some of the best solutions for password managers out there.

My requirements were:

  • The password manager should be secure: How silly would it be to lose access to your password manager and thus all your logins to hackers!
  • Sync: The password should sync between desktop and mobile devices seamlessly.
  • Secure notes: Let me store notes and stuff securely. I was using Evernote earlier but needed something for storing important data.
  • Ease of use and user-friendliness: Last but not the least, the password manager should be easy to use and take away the hassle of entering, regenerating and all aspect of password management.
  • Password sharing: I should be easily able to share login details with others.

Honestly, expecting high security when our data is in the cloud sounded like a dream. However, I knew it was possible with strong encryption.  Nonetheless, I knew I was looking for a needle in a haystack.

The search had begun and after countless hours, I had a solution. I stumbled upon a new password manager called “DashLane” which was not as popular back then.

When I pick a new software, I also look for one which is not very popular but has all the attributes of becoming one. I trust startups and especially those with the right foundation and focus. Afterall, that’s the most important thing I have learned after running ShoutMeLoud for 9 years.

I took Dashlane for a trial (they had a couple of months of free trial) and within a week I upgraded myself to a 3-year license. The first few days were enough for me to validate the promises made by the DashLane team and there has been no looking back ever since.

I waited for the right time to share this review of Dashlane with you, as I realized it’s important to first understand all the pros and cons before I recommend a security tool like this.

I believe everyone should be cautious of their security and understand the implication of identity theft and the risk associated with losing their passwords. Moreover, password managers don’t have to be complicated and should be user-friendly.

In the further section of this detailed review, I have highlighted some of the best features Dashlane has to offer. I have also added a few important tips and tricks for using this application. For example, your Dashlane master password is the most important piece of the puzzle for your security online. Think of this as your Bitcoin private key. If you lose it, you lose everything else.

Let’s dig a little deeper.

Why Dashlane is the best password manager

Before you move ahead, let’s go through some of the fine points about Dashlane. These are the benefits I have learned from using it for all this time:

  • Dashlane is a security + productivity app. It auto-fills the login details and also logs in automatically to the sites.
  • It also has an auto-form fillup feature which speeds up the signup process. You can also add your debit/credit card details and it automatically fills up the payment details. This is a huge time saver.
  • Dashlane offers the desktop app for all OS, Mobile apps, and browser addon.
  • Supports 3D touch for login on supported mobile phones.
  • Offers a chrome addon, iOS App, Android app.
  • You can import existing passwords from your browser or other password managers.
Dashlane-Import-feature

The security feature of Dashlane:

Trust no one with your password.

Whether it is Dashlane, LastPass or any other password manager, no one should have access to your passwords, but you. Now, Dashlane offers sync feature and that raises the question:

  • What about the security of my data? 
  • What if someday an employee of Dashlane goes rogue or a hacker get access to their database? 

When you setup Dashlane for the first time, it will ask you to set up a master password. This is the most important part as you should use a password which is unique and something you have never used. If you have ever used Bitcoin, think this master password as your private key. If you haven’t, then simply remember this is the most important password and the only password that you ever have to remember.

When Dashlane syncs the data from your computer to their server or sync data between your two or more devices, it encrypts the data using AES-256 encryption, which is the strongest encryption known. Your master password is the key to open the data. Even if a hacker gets access to the data, without a master password, they can’t do anything.

In nutshell, you can be sure of your data security even if Dashlane is hacked.

Security Dashboard:

This is the first and foremost thing I would suggest you should try after setting up Dashlane. Import all your passwords to Dashlane from your browser or from your existing password manager. Go to Security dashboard pane on Dashlane and you will see something like this:

security-dashboard

My current score is 61.1% which is not great but it’s way better than what it used to be (18%).

This security dashboard gives you a bird-eye view of your complete passwords. Click on compromised and you will see a list of websites where you are using passwords that are compromised. With one click you can also replace your password with a new one which is automatically generated by Dashlane.

Replace-password-with-one-click

I use this feature every now and then to improve my security. I still have to change the password for over 150 websites and this is a part of my day to day activity for improved security. Always remember, security should be an ongoing process.

Password sharing with the team:

Password-sharing

This is one useful feature for the entrepreneur and for those working in a team. With Dashlane, you can quickly share your password with others securely. You can also give permission based on view or edit rights.

Secure notes for sensitive information:

If you are using Evernote or any such unsecured notes taking app to store sensitive data, it’s a good time to know about Dashlane secure notes. This is an in-built feature where you can store all sensitive information safely.

Auto Form fill-up and Payment fill up:

How many times in a day do you need to fill up details like your name and address?

Also, if you make purchases online, you need to enter your credit card/debit card details every single time.

What if you don’t have to manually type everything ever again?

Guess what!

Dashlane password manager also offers the form fill up feature. It has definitely made my life easier when it comes to signing up for a new service or filling up payment details. This saves a lot of time and makes the whole process easier.

There are many more features which makes Dashlane the ultimate password manager on the planet. However, I will let you try out Dashlane for yourself. You need to understand that your security and productivity is in your hands.

Conclusion: Should you use Dashlane password manager?

If you have never used a password manager before, start using one right now. Dashlane is also one of the password managers which has not been hacked until now.

Dashlane definitely tops up the list of password managers and it is something I can vouch for.

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Which password manager are you currently using? If you have used Dashlane, do share your experience with us in the comment section below.

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A blog scientist by the mind and a passionate blogger by heart ❤️. Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and Cryptocurrency space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud and CoinSutra, and a Speaker at Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. He has won numerous awards for his work at ShoutMeLoud. Life motto: Live while you can! Teach & inspire while you could & Smile while you have the teeth.

32 thoughts on “Dashlane Password Manager Review: Is it safe to use?”

  1. That’s true. I’ve been using Dashlane since last 6 months and it’s just what I need. Auto fill and Auto sign features are the best.

    1. Glad that you also enjoying and liking Dashlane. Adnan, do share some unique use cases of Dashlane (If you have discovered any).

  2. I dont trust these third party sites. Google smart lock is still the best password saver. It also saves other information like address, name, credit card details etc and we all know google is trusted but you have to secure your PC.

    1. @Irfan
      Google smart lock is indeed good and powerful but when you are working on different OS (Ex: iOS, Mac), you need something more advanced and which works cross-platform. It would be awesome if Google releases a desktop app for Smart lock feature.

      Note: For those who don’t know about Google Smart lock feature, you can read about it here: https://get.google.com/smartlock/

  3. Vishwajeet Kumar

    Hey Harsh,
    You are absolutely right. Using same passwords for the different website is not an easy task. If we use different passwords then remembering them also a big challenge. I haven’t heard about dashlane but I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing this tool.

    Have a Great Day 🙂
    Vishwajeet

    1. @Vishwajeet
      I’m pretty sure you would love it. Apart from security, it improves productivity to a great extent. Do come back and share your experience.

  4. Varun Shrivastava

    LastPass is my choice of password manager.

    It syncs seamlessly with mobile and desktop and has a nice friendly dashboard (preferential).

    Sure Dashlane is equally good, but again its a matter of choice and preference.

    Nice Article 🤘

    1. @Varun
      That’s very true. I believe one should at least start using a Password manager to improve their security. Be it Dashlane or LastPass or any other, they all do the basic task (Generating and storing passwords) pretty well.

  5. Dashlane is the best password manager. Have been using it since 2017, and they even gave me free 1 month of premium.

    1. @Bhawan
      Yah, even I got lucky when I signed up for them. Now, I’m a paid user of Dashlane and its worth every penny. The best part is the pricing for now is reasonable and I hope it stays like this.
      Good to see your comment.

  6. Emenike Emmanuel

    Hello Harsh,

    This is a great post but it’s making me more afraid. Never there’s a tool to check if my site been pwned. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Emenike

    1. @Virendar
      Glad that you also liked my pick. Once you have tried Dashlane, do come back and share your experience of shifting from LastPass to Dashlane and especially pros and cons of Dashlane in comparison with LastPass.
      Looking forward to hear from you.

  7. Password Boss is my choice for password manager. It has good features like auto fill, Two-Factor Authentication and more. Dashlane is also a decent option and has all features like Password Boss, but you must also consider other factors like pricing, support, privacy features, etc.

    1. @Rokesh
      This one looks interesting. Have to check it thoroughly on their security practices. Thanks for the recommendation.

  8. Hi Harsh,

    I have used the Dashlane free trial for 30 days for a month almost. I have stored almost 35 password in it. One day I have reset my iPhone due to some reason & all the passwords lost because the trial was ended.

    There were some important passwords present in the vault which I cant remember now. I contacted the support team but they answered me that for the free users we can not provide the sync feature for all the devices. That moment I uninstalled the Dashlane and try to search for the new option.

    Then I found the LastPass which is totally free(paid version is also available but I don’t think its useful for the personal use). I installed it and it offers syncing feature for free users also.

    Thanks,
    Amit

  9. Hello, Harsh Agrawal,
    I read your full article, and I am delighted to read this article because article information is excellent and your first line of this article is very right about confidence or overconfidence. Sometimes we take lightly to harmful things with overconfidence nature, and when anyone hit our belief when we realise that.
    Harsh Agrawal I am a huge fan of yours. Thank you for sharing Unique information with the excellent sound story.

    1. @Praveen
      Happy to read your comment and your attention to the details. Looking forward to hear more from you in the coming days.

  10. Hi Harsh,
    From Past 2 years I am using google smart lock. After reading this post I really want to try Dashlane.

    1. @Akash
      Smartlock is good but a limited solution. If they release a desktop and mobile app (Like Dashlane or similar tool), it would be ground breaking. 🙂

  11. Hi Harsh,
    I’m using LastPass tool but now after reading this great review, I’m going to shift to Dashlane.
    Thanks for the post!

  12. thanks harsh for sharing this information to us. remembering a passwords was always a big challange for us. but after using dashlane it ill be easy.

  13. Hey, Great Post!
    Got to know many essential things about the Dashlane. Keep up the good work and looking out for some more articles regarding Password Managing.

  14. I always suffered from the concern. And moreover, remembering all the complex passwords is another hassle. So, I started using Google Smart Lock and then LastPass. Actually, now, I’m trying everything. Considering this review, I’ve availed Dashlane as well. Currently, I’m using the trial version, and it seems quite good.

    1. @Tapas
      I’m looking forward to hearing back your experience with Dashlane. Since you seem to have tried many other similar tools, your opinion matters to me.

  15. Managing multiple passwords is a hassle. Thanks to you I have got a way to solve one of my persistent problem.

  16. Hey Harsh,
    Seems too good app to manage passwords, I should try it and see how it works.
    At this time, I am using Google autofill that helps me to log in to many websites without remembering any passwords.
    Have a nice day😃
    Thank you!

  17. Hey !
    This tool help me a lot , as i was having multiple accounts at different sites and it was a headache for me to remember each and every password.

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