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 for even greater security too.
Another great feature is that Dashlane is free for one device - which can be mobile or desktop - and now happily runs on iPad as well as iPhone and iPod touch.
Once set up – it’s all very straightforward whether you’re starting from scratching or adding a new device – you can opt to unlock Dashlane on your phone via a four-digit PIN rather than having to type your master password each time. Then it's a simple case of selecting your chosen account details from a list before logging in directly to websites via Dashlane’s built-in browser, or revealing, copying or sending the login details 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. The addition of a password manager means you no longer need the desktop app to review and update your passwords or import them from another service, making it an increasingly viable alternative to the likes of LastPass, particularly as you’re not having to pay for for the privilege of using it on your mobile.
What's New in Version 5?
- iPad owners with iOS11 can use Drag and Drop to move login credentials between Dashlane and other apps.
- Use Dashlane for iPhone as an authenticator app: log in to personal and shared accounts where two-step authentication is enabled by generating, storing, and displaying one-time security codes inside Dashlane. Dashlane will generate a unique code every 30 seconds for each credential created.
- Owners of the Apple Watch will see six-digit security codes displayed on their watch if one or more accounts are paired with Dashlane for iPhone as the primary method of two-step authentication.
- Fully native versions of Dashlane are now available in 11 languages, with support for Chinese, Dutch, Korean, and Swedish recently added.
- We've updated over 250,000 app and website logos so you can easily identify your favorite sites when browsing and editing accounts in Dashlane.
- Dashlane's exclusive Password Changer™, which changes passwords directly from the app in one click, now works with more than 500 websites. Powered by DashIQ™, Password Changer™ will be available on more and more websites.
Dashlane offers great security features and this is essential for accessing your Dashlane-stored passwords on your iPhone or iPad.