Info current from 09/24/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and may change.
Dashlane Free has a lot of features to protect your passwords and more:
- Unlimited password storage
- Password Generator
- Password Changer ™
- Password monitoring
- Safety warnings
- Form autofill
- Payment information storage
- Secure sharing to 5 accounts
Higher level packages include:
- All free features
- Unlimited devices
- Password synchronization across devices
- Automatic password backup
- Password recovery for lost devices
- Remote access
- Universal two-factor authentication
- Unlimited secure sharing
- VIP customer support
Dashlane is compatible with PCs, Macs, iOS and Android. I used it on my MacBook and my iPhone so I can testify that Dashlane works well as a cross-platform password manager. At first I was not sure I wanted to download Dashlane to my phone, but it was as simple as sending my phone a link to the Dashlane app and clicking on it. Granted, if I do not upgrade to after the trial period, I will have to choose either my Mac or my phone if I want to keep using Dashlane.
Has a slim dashboard
Screenshot: Rebecca Edwards, SafeWise
The Dashlane Dashboard is attractive and intuitive to use. The menu is located on the left side of the screen and contains three sections: Password Manager, Wallet and Contacts. My favorite is the Security Dashboard, which gives you a security score based on the strength of your passwords and whether any of them have been compromised. You can see which accounts need a stronger or new password and it calls you to use the same password on multiple accounts (my bad one!).
If you are not in the app, you can access a scaled-down menu from the Dashlane browser plug-in. This modified dashboard lets you see the accounts to which you have saved passwords, and you can generate new account passwords without having to open the entire Dashlane app. If you want to get into the full dashboard, just click on the ellipse in the browser menu and it will give you options that launch the entire app.
Uses touch ID and face recognition
One of the reasons I hesitated to use Dashlane on my iPhone was my strong attachment to Touch ID. I love being able to open apps with the touch of a finger instead of typing a complicated password onto a small keyboard.
Before downloading the Dashlane app, I made sure it would not erase my Touch ID. To my great delight, I found that Dashlane not only lets me continue to use Touch ID, but it also lets me use Touch ID for my Dashlane app password. And for those with an iPhone X, Dashlane also works with face recognition.
Measures the strength of passwords
I like to win at things, so when I discovered that I could get a grade on the strength of my passwords, I accepted the challenge. From the Security Dashboard you can click on Password Strength and it will take you to a detailed analysis that assesses each password. It considers how easy it would be to crack the password along with other factors as if you were using the same password for more than one account (guilty!).
I would like to point out that I received a 100% security rating. This feature brings home how well you protect your identity and other personal information.
Generates strong passwords
After reviewing your password analysis, if you decide it’s time to get serious, Dashlane will do the heavy lifting. One of the reasons I reuse the same password is because I can not trust my brain to remember a super-secure password that is not based on any favorite books or TV shows or even real words. But as Dashlane keeps track – and generates difficult passwords for me – I’m ready to give up my risky, lazy ways.
One click on the “Generator” menu and all you have to do is copy and paste the generated password into the selected account. You can even choose which password elements you want to include – letters, numbers or symbols – and you have the option of avoiding ambiguous characters (like replacing the letter “O” with a zero).
The more items you add, the more secure the password. I tried to generate passwords without symbols and got a “pretty strong password” result instead of the “strong password” judgment shown above.
Tracks receipts and payment information for online shopping
If you shop a lot online, you will appreciate Dashlane’s digital wallet feature. You have the option to securely store payment information such as credit card, PayPal or Venmo. Storing financial information in one app may seem risky, but Dashlane encrypts all the data you enter with your master password, which only you know. The company does not store your master password on its servers and it uses the most secure form of encryption available.
The primary benefit of storing your payment information in Dashlane is fast and secure checkout when shopping online. Forget driving to your wallet when it’s time to pay – you can automatically fill in payment fields without even touching your keyboard.
Stores contact information in case of emergency
Call me morbid, but I’ve been wondering what would happen to all my online accounts if I was no longer alive to manage them. Dashlane has also considered this inevitably and they have a solution.
You can add an emergency contact to your Dashlane account, which means that someone you trust can access your Dashlane account and view password and note data. Emergency contacts do not have access to anything stored in your digital wallet. You can also restrict the data that an emergency contact can access, and you can revoke the access at any time.
The only caveat to this feature is that your emergency contact must install Dashlane on their device before they can access your account.
When you choose Dashlane’s free password management plan, you will not be cheated for a monthly subscription. All you have to do is click the “Download Dashlane” button and your password protection will start immediately. There is no request for credit card information, which I found refreshing in a world where almost every “free” thing I sign up for asks me for payment information, which I must remember to cancel after the trial period.
Dashlane does not save on features
Whether you decide to stick to the free plan of life or upgrade, you get all the basics you need to feel comfortable with the security of your passwords. Password Generator is a basic feature and it is one of the most valuable if you are someone (like me) who has been using small variations of the same password for years. And even though the free plan only covers one device, this device gets all the key benefits you want in a password manager.
Free subscription covers only one device
Although you get all the essential features of the free plan, you can only use them on one device. This means you can not sync your password manager with your smartphone, tablet or other mobile devices. At a time when most of us use at least two devices, this is a major drawback.
Signing up for Dashlane was so quick that I wasn’t even sure I had really done it. I entered my email address, created a password (more on that later) and started the download. Dashlane’s installation is so automatic that I was a little dizzy from the experience.
Once you have downloaded Dashlane, the next step is to add the Dashlane browser extension—it works with Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer and Edge. Dashlane then asks if you want to import any passwords you have stored in the browser. Because I wanted to see in and out of how Dashlane works, I did not choose the import. Even without this shortcut, it was easy to save new passwords every time I logged in to an account for the first time after adding the Dashlane browser plug-in.
Screenshot: Rebecca Edwards, SafeWise