Good security dictates multiple passwords. Going well beyond the typical password manager, Dashlane is a password system.
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Secure passwords, sign-ins, and shopping
There’s no shortage of good password managers to choose from. For some time, my personal favorite has been LastPass, a Web-based service that lets me sign in to the dozens of password-protected sites I visit regularly.
Even though LastPass is still a worthy product, I’ve recently switched to Dashlane 2.0 (site; see Figure 1), a surprisingly comprehensive service. It offers superb, intuitive password management plus a password check, a highly secure digital wallet, and other features that will keep your data safe — all for free.
As with all password managers, Dashlane’s primary task is to provide automatic sign-ins to sites you’ve previously registered. A one-time, pop-up data entry window appears the first time you register a new ID and/or password for a site. If you use more than one browser, Dashlane automatically syncs your password data among them. There’s even an option to use Google’s two-step authentication, which requires first entering your password and then entering a unique code sent to your mobile phone. All you need to remember is the Dashlane master password when first launch the browser.
Dashlane never actually sees the accumulated passwords in your vault; they’re all stored locally, encased in (so far) hack-proof, military-grade, AES-256 encryption.
Sync passwords to mobile devices, too. Dashlane will automatically sync passwords between multiple PCs and Apple iOS and Android mobile devices. But synching will set you back U.S. $20 a year. (LastPass’s premium plan costs $12 annually.) That’s a small price to pay for managing all the passwords on your various digital devices.