Dashlane


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 29 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.0.3.2710
File Size:
919.01KB
Date Added:
July 29, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
6,146
Downloads Last Week:
53
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Dashlane secures your online passwords with a single master password and stores your data locally with AES-256 encryption; plus it's one of the most secure and capable form-fillers available. You can sync data to a variety of devices, too, including (make that especially) smartphones. Dashlane works with most browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE). Recent updates include a password generator.

Dashlane's installation process involves three steps: Connect to your browsers, set up your account and profile, and secure and organize your data. A Custom installation option let us choose which browsers to use in case we didn't want to use them all (though your default browser should support it). To finish the installation, you must create and confirm a strong password: Do not forget this password since it's not stored anywhere but your system, and you'll need it to access encrypted data. After that, the Personal Data Assistant walked us through the steps of entering our address, contacts, IDs, payment information, and other data that we're constantly entering online; but if that's not easy enough, embedded video tutorials are a click away. Under Click to Pay, we could add credit card data, including issuing bank, security code, and color options. We could also click "Skip" to skip any step and come back to it later, if necessary. Dashlane's Security Dashboard organized all our Internet passwords and rated them for security (too many of ours showed very unsafe!), but color-coded ratings helped us sort out any issues. We clicked "Add Your First Purchase" under Internet Shopping to activate a feature that records an itemized receipt for everything we buy online when using Dashlane--how cool is that?

Activating Dashlane's extension in Chrome gave us instant access to our secure passwords, forms, and financial data from Chrome's toolbar or the Windows system tray. Though Dashlane does much more than most auto-complete tools, it proved surprisingly easy to use in everyday surfing. We've tried many similar tools, but none that does all that Dashlane does, let alone for free.

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  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current Version:

    3.2

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 3 stars

    "Works well when it's not crashing or loading slowly"

    September 15, 2014

    Version: Dashlane 3.0.3.2710

    Pros

    Saves important form data to be auto filled next time.

    Cons

    Crashes and loads slowly when your database is large

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  • 4 stars

    "Great program for the price"

    September 09, 2014

    Version: Dashlane 3.0.3.2710

    Pros

    Easily installed
    Automatically installed the passwords already saved in my browser

    Cons

    Like all new programs, a little intimidating and took a few minutes to figure some of it out.

    Summary

    After several days and playing with some of the features in it, I do like the program very much. I have to delete a few entries and start over, but I think I have a half-ass ideal how it works.
    I would consider the Premium but I see the price went from $19.99 to $39.99 in about a year. At $19.99 I'd be interested. I do recommend the program and I think it will work great for me after I master this dang thing.

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  • 2 stars

    "Protect your passwords or protect your entire system?"

    August 26, 2014   |   By RockinRobbins

    Version: Dashlane 3.0.3.2710

    Pros

    Protects your passwords

    Cons

    At the expense of leaving your system vulnerable to CryptoLocker and other malware

    Summary

    I installed Dashline after reading about the great interface, multi-functions, password generator.....this was going to be great!

    Not so much. Upon installing, on first startup Dashline refused to start! Error message said, "This program is blocked by group policy. For more information, contact your system administrator." That would be me!

    A little snooping showed the problem. Dashline insists on installing in your %appdata% folder, not in Program Files or Program Files x86. Installing in such a non-standard directory is part of the bag of tricks that CryptoLocker and much other malware uses to remain undetected and do their skulduggery. A security program imitating CryptoLocker? Curious.

    I run a program called CryptoPrevent, which immunizes your system against CryptoLocker and a family of similar malware. Part of its defense is to prevent programs from installing in nonstandard locations, including %appdata%. I consider CryptoPrevent essential and necessary, since once CryptoLocker and friends lock up your computer you're not getting it back for less than several hundred dollars.

    I sent an e-mail with my findings to Dashlane. They replied, saying it might take awhile to respond as they were busy. I've waited two weeks. Time to go public with this very real concern. Legitimate security software has no business imitating malware. Every other password manager I've looked at runs in standard directories. Dashlane is Trashlane until they straighten up their act. I do not think safe passwords are a good trade for a boat anchor that used to be a computer.

    I recommend people look elsewhere for a password manager.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good Password Manager"

    August 13, 2014   |   By cayennejim

    Version: Dashlane 3.0.3.2710

    Pros

    Easy download and setup. The Security Dashboard works well and is a great tool to let you know if your passwords are weak, reused or compromised. Sign in is a breeze. The auto fill works as expected and is there when you need it.

    Cons

    If you have a lot of passwords that are not strong, it will take you quite a while to change them and many of the changes do not work as expected. Save your old passwords just in case.
    The biggest flaw I've noticed is when you are traveling and need to use a family members computer and don't have smart phone. First you need to access Dashlane's password vault for your passwords. The procedure is to log on to Dashlane's website with your email address. Dashlane sends a code number via EMAIL for you to enter. But you don't have your email account password because it's in Dashlane's vault. Now what? You would think that security minded company such as Dashlane would give an option to send it out by text. Right? Well they don't have that option! Wake up, Dashlane.

    Summary

    A decent password manger for your desk top. I do recomend it. But if you are a senior or anyone else traveling without a smartphone, be prepared to bring your password book until they wake up and start giving the option to recieve the security code by text. Unless you gorget to bring your phone. lol

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