These days, a third-party password manager is de rigueur for anyone venturing on to the internet with a clutch of online accounts. You won’t last long relying on weak, easily guessable passwords to protect your personal data when online, so password managers that lock all your passwords away behind a single, master password, have much to recommend them.
Dashlane is a lesser known entity among password managers, but with the release of version 2.0 is aiming to boost its profile. There’s lots to like: AES-256 encryption that derives its key directly from your master password, so it’s not stored anywhere, for example. You can also tie your stored passwords to a single device rather than have it securely synced across all your computers and mobiles.
Another great feature is that Dashlane is free on mobile as well as desktop. And when it comes to mobile experiences, the Android build is far superior to the somewhat limited version for iPhone currently available thanks to the new build being optimised for tablets as well as phones.
Once set up – it’s all very straightforward whether you’re starting from scratching or adding a new device – you can access your login details on websites via Dashlane’s built-in browser, reveal or copy the password or send the password securely via email to someone (or yourself, of course).
Everything you need is here – access to your passwords, auto-fill form information and digital wallet for securely storing payment information. There’s a lack of configurability that means you’ll need to reach for the desktop app to review and update your passwords or import them from another service. Compared to competing services like LastPass, it’s less flexible as a mobile platform, but then you’re not having to pay for for the privilege of using it on your mobile.
Version 2.0 adds an integrated browser, password generator tool, support for two-factor authentication using Google Authenticator (requires the desktop app), compatibility with tablets, a brand new user interface and support for portrait/landscape orientation.