So you’ve been using the same password for all your accounts, and you’ve finally decided to take your online security seriously.
Dashlane can upgrade hundreds of your passwords at once, saving you hours of time and lots of frustration. But is that feature worth the price? Keep reading to learn more about what Dashlane is best at and where it falls short.
|Free plan||Premium plan||Premium Plus plan|
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|Password sharing||5 accounts||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Secure file storage|
|Identity theft insurance||None||None||Up to $1 million|
*Note: The prices here are listed by monthly cost, but Dashlane bills annually
Dashlane works with the following operating systems and browsers:
- Internet Explorer
- Bulk password changing
- Desktop app for offline access
- Automatic categorization
- Tailored emergency access
- Colors and logos for bank accounts/credit cards
- Identity theft insurance with top-tier plan
- High ratio of positive online reviews
- No customizable folders
- No shareable folders
- Higher cost than alternatives
- Browser extension doesn’t work without the desktop app
- No family plan
Our take on Dashlane
Dashlane is pricey when compared to most other password managers. But that doesn’t mean you should rule it out. Below we’ll dig into Dashlane’s unique features so you can decide whether or not it’s worth your money.
The standout features
Dashlane has the same normal features you’d expect from a password manager—it stores secure notes, autofills information when you’re shopping online, and generates strong passwords.
However, there are three things in particular that make Dashlane special.
Dashlane is one of the only services that lets you customize what an emergency contact can and cannot see.
1. Bulk password changing
Dashlane makes it easy to quickly update hundreds of passwords—crucial if you’ve been a little lazy about your account security. (We’re probably all guilty of using the same password more than once.) And while a few other password managers offer the same feature, none of them are compatible with as many sites as Dashlane.
2. Customizable emergency access
Most password managers offer emergency contact access, but Dashlane is one of the only services that lets you customize what an emergency contact can and cannot see.
3. Identity theft protection
Dashlane offers a package that includes identity theft protection—relatively uncommon among other password managers. While Dashlane’s basic service is more expensive than other password managers, the Premium Plus plan that includes both password management and identity insurance is a good deal.
While the features above are impressive, there are two main drawbacks to choosing Dashlane:
- The high price. (It costs more than twice what you’d pay for LastPass.)
- The lack of folders. Dashlane is great at categorizing data for you, but you can’t group entries into a folder. This is a small downside, but we noticed that folders were particularly useful for both organizing info and for sharing things like banking information with partners or family members.
Dashlane is one of the most well-reviewed password managers we tested. Normally we expect online reviews to skew negative because people write them when they’re frustrated. But Dashlane is different—the ratio of positive to negative reviews was overwhelming.
Dashlane isn’t the best opion if you’re on a tighter budget or if you want to easily share secure information with others, but if you want to update lots of passwords at once or get identity theft protection without signing up for a separate service, it’s a fantastic choice. To learn more about your options, read our review of the best password managers here.
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