Dashline - review of the best password manager

Many people know that their passwords are insecure, because they are easy to crack, or they are used on several sites. Many people forget their passwords and stop using services, or avoid new online services altogether - because remembering passwords and register new sites with new passwords is a pain. And these people are also constantly annoyed that they have to type long lines of meaningless numbers, dates and codes in order to do the simple act of buying online (or, even more painfully, on their mobile device). Dashline developers have found a solution to these problems with a simple, reliable and versatile service. Users do not exchange security for convenience - they get both.

The functionality of the application Dashlane.

What the Dashline program does

What is the Dashline program? It is one of the most powerful and versatile password managers on the market. The service goes beyond password management, has powerful functions for filling out forms and the ability to safely store almost any data.


  • Can instantly change almost all passwords.
  • Intuitive interface on all platforms.
  • Linux support.


  • More expensive than other password managers.

Dashlane surpasses other similar services in terms of flexibility and functionality, but you will have to pay for these additions. Features such as Password Changer, which allows you to instantly change hundreds of passwords with one click of the mouse, significantly save time and help distinguish Dashlane from other password managers. The application is suitable for any platform, with almost the same ratio between the desktop and mobile versions. The only complaint the majority will have about Dashlane is the price: $ 60 a year is the most expensive password manager. LastPass, which costs only $ 24 per year, offers almost the same number of functions. But given the Dashlane feature set, its new interactive web interface and the recent addition of support for Microsoft Edge, Chrome OS and Linux, it’s hard to argue with this valuable one.

Costs and what is covered

Dashlane offers both a free version and two premium versions of its service. The premium plan will cost you $ 60 per year, and the premium plus $ 120. Both Dashlane paid options allow you to create and save an unlimited number of passwords and data in your account, as well as provide security monitoring and notification of violations. The free plan limits you to one device and, as part of the overhaul in July 2018, can contain up to 50 saved credentials (previously it was unlimited).

IMPORTANT! One strange omission is the lack of Touch ID support on a MacBook Pro or any biometric support in Windows.

Dashlane Premium adds a number of benefits, including synchronization of passwords and data on all devices that you have, account backup, unlimited password sharing, priority support and two-factor authentication. In July 2018, an unlimited VPN service and identity monitoring in a dark network was also added. To this, Dashlane Premium Plus, introduced in July 2018, adds features to protect individuals, including credit monitoring, assistance in restoring identity, and insurance against identity theft.

Dashlane is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer and, most recently, Microsoft Edge. Minimum system requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Windows 7, iOS 10 and Android 4.0. Linux support (in Firefox and Chrome) and Chrome OS was added as browser extensions with the debut of Dashlane 5 in November 2017.

Advantages of the program


  • Extremely safe.
  • Mobile and desktop applications.
  • Automatic password change.
  • Security analysis.
  • Easy to use.
  • Multiple support options.


  • No synchronization with multiple devices on free plans.
  • Difficult to set up and manage categories.

The sixth version of Dashlane was launched in July. Along with it, many new features, a new plan and price increases. Free plans remain the same. You can still store up to 50 passwords on one device and use the browser extension to autocomplete. Premium is more than a password manager. You have a simplified VPN that automatically connects to the fastest server when using Wi-Fi. This is elementary compared to the best VPNs, but the function should be used as a last resort.

The program is also compatible with dark web monitoring. This is not a security tool for using the dark network, but a monitor that will alert you if any personal information appears on the dark network. Premium Plus is essentially the same plan, but with protection against identity theft. Dashlane monitors your credit rating for any suspicious changes and provides insurance against identity theft for up to $ 1 million. Dashlane already had a tight set of functions. The sixth edition includes even more, turning the platform from a password manager into an online security tool. While you will pay a high price for a premium license, it's worth it. Security:

  • 2fa - yes.
  • Encryption - AES-256.
  • Zero knowledge - yes.
  • 2FA keys - yes.
  • Security analysis - yes.
  • Synchronization with multiple devices - for a fee.
  • Backup and restore - for a fee.
  • Mobile applications - yes.
  • Password changer - yes.
  • Password generator - yes.
  • Browser extension - yes.
  • Autocomplete - yes.
  • Autocomplete form - yes.
  • Browser user interface - yes.
  • Desktop interface - yes.
  • Al. address - yes.
  • Live chat - for a fee.
  • Help Center - yes.
  • Forums - for a fee.
  • Round-the-clock support - for a fee.

Key features of Dashlane

The initial installation process of Dashlane is best done by downloading and installing the standalone Dashlane application from the company's website. During installation, the Dashlane extensions will be automatically installed on all compatible browsers. Then you will be prompted to create a Dashlane account, which simply requires your email address and master password. The master password is the password that you will need to remember after installing Dashlane. It must contain at least eight characters, one capital letter, one lower case letter and one number. (Some password experts say you need at least 12 characters). If you have forgotten your master password, the only option is to erase your account and start over. As part of its security model, Dashlane will not allow you to reset or reset your master password.

Although you can configure Dashlane on a mobile device for the first time, most users should use the desktop application. This is especially true if you used a password-custodian browser or another password manager. Dashlane can import existing credentials from Chrome, Safari, Firefox, LastPass, 1Password, PasswordWallet, Roboform, or a CSV file. However, if you want to get started with your mobile device, you can always use the import option in the desktop application later. It would be nice if Dashlane automatically classified imported passwords as LastPass did.

Regardless of which device you set up first, registering additional devices will require you to enter a unique security code that Dashlane sends you by email. If you enabled two-factor authentication, you will instead have to enter a six-digit code generated by a one-time mobile authentication user of your choice (for example, Authy, Google Authenticator, or FreeOTP).

Dashlane on pc

On a computer, you can use Dashlane through a separate application, through a browser extension, or by logging directly into the Dashlane website. (LastPass offers only the last two options for Windows and Linux). Naturally, the stand-alone application is the most feature-rich. It has an intuitive interface: the nine main sections of Dashlane are located on the left, with the ability to view your data in a table or list on the right. Dashlane picks up icons for most websites when adding credentials, which provides more pleasant visual effects than a grid or list of text, and also significantly speeds up the search.

Dashlane offers the most versatile use of the MacBook Pro touchpad with the ability to customize the TouchBar to suit your needs, but basic support for logging into Dashlane via the Touch ID is still missing. Password Changer is one of the biggest differences for Dashlane. It allows you to change most network passwords with one click. This feature requires Dashlane to work with each site, but at the time of this review, approximately 500 sites were part of Password Changer.

The security toolbar provides a complete overview of your password status, with an overall security assessment and a breakdown showing how many passwords you have that are weak, reused, old, or cracked. With Password Changer, you can use this feature to quickly increase overall password security. Secure notes, as the name suggests, is a place where you can save important pieces of text, such as banking information or a software license.

The Dashlane Wallet section has a number of useful features that help fill out online forms in addition to passwords. It consists of four sections: personal information, payments, identifiers and receipts. All of them are quite understandable and work fine. Payments and identifiers will try to match the color scheme of the service or the physical type of identifier that they represent. For example, the passport number will be displayed as a passport, and the social insurance number as a social security card. Receipts are an incredibly useful feature for those who need or want to track purchases - it can automatically register purchases during checkout, or you can add them later manually with categorization and notes.

Finally, the contact section of the offline Dashlane application allows you to share passwords or notes with other users and your emergency contacts. The first option is simple and gives you the opportunity to share any of your passwords or notes with other registered users of Dashlane. You can allow others to use only the password or grant them full rights to view, edit and transfer the password to other users.

Emergency contact is intended for those cases where you somehow can not access your account. In such cases, the persons you previously defined in this section will be able to request access to your account, and if you do not reject their request within a preselected period of time, they will be granted read-only access to your Dashlane account in your the absence of. An emergency contact must already be a registered Dashlane user (free or paid plan) at the time of their selection.

IMPORTANT! Dashlane prides itself on zero-disclosure architecture, which means that even a company cannot access your data.

The Dashlane browser extension shows you a list of sites for which you already have saved credentials, and allows you to automatically login to most of these sites. The browser extension also gives you quick access to a custom password generator, which is convenient if you register on a new site and you need a strong password. The extension gives you some control over how each site is processed. If you prefer Dashlane to be disabled, fill in the registration information, but not the form on this site, you can choose it. You may want to familiarize yourself with the exit from the Dashlane extension, if someone else needs to use your computer - just click on your email address in the lower left corner and select “Exit”.

The last option for Dashlane on the desktop is the web interface. Previously, this feature was read-only, but, fortunately, it has been expanded in Dashlane 5 and now includes editing of credentials and other elements. The web interface is still quite modest, with a simple grid or a list of your usernames, credit cards and secure notes, and without Password Changer. But in a pinch, this is enough to do the work, until you get access to a more reliable desktop.

Dashlane mobile application

Mobile applications on Dashlane have almost all the functions available in the stand-alone desktop interface. Whether on iOS or Android, applications have a similar design, with easy access to all your Dashlane data and the ability to add or edit information. One noticeable deviation from the desktop application is Password Changer. On Android, it is not at all (but Dashlane says that in the end it will be). On iOS, this is a bit limited - you have to select each individual account that will be changed, and not just all of them. Dashlane partly compensates for this omission with Inbox Security Scan, which scans your email for old accounts that you may have forgotten and reused passwords. If he finds them, he will add them to your account on Dashlane and offer to correct duplicate passwords. But although it works with most basic mail services on Android, including Gmail, Outlook and Hotmail, it is limited to Gmail on iOS. mail application is disabled by default.

On iOS, Dashlane can populate data in Safari or Chrome, thanks to the Dashlane extension for iOS. Users can also use the Dashlane browser, which is installed along with the main application. On Android, the Dashlane application allows you to automatically enter third-party applications, but you must use the Dashlane browser if you want to take advantage of the form-filling features.


Dashlane stores your data on its servers and on your devices using the same AES-256 bit encryption as most password managers on the market. As mentioned earlier, your master password is the key to your account. Dashlane does not store it at all, and without it, your encrypted passwords and data on Dashlane servers are useless for potential thieves. The company is proud of this “zero knowledge” architecture, which means that even Dashlane cannot access your data. Additional security is available in the form of two-factor authentication, which must be activated in the desktop application. You choose whether it is required for all aspects of Dashlane, or simply for registering new devices - the choice depends on your security level.

Dashlane Premium customers receive several additional options for two-factor authentication, including support for Universal 2nd Factor security keys (U2F), such as YubiKey. These are the physical devices that you plug into the USB port. they replace the mobile or desktop two-factor authentication application. On modern Android and iOS devices, Dashlane supports biometric logins, including the new Apple Face ID on the iPhone X and its next versions. But Android users are limited to fingerprint sensors, so there is no iris scan for Samsung owners. In addition, you can use a 4-digit PIN code to enter the application, and not enter your master password every time. Like your master password, this PIN cannot be reset or reset, so if you lose it, you will have to uninstall and reinstall the application.

Those who do not want to synchronize their password data in the cloud can use the free version of Dashlane, which will store the “storage” of their passwords only on the main device. It is better to do this on a computer than on a mobile device. There is a way to transfer or exchange data between multiple devices, creating backup archives on USB drives, and then copying archives to other drives.

How to remove Dashlane

The procedure for removing the program is not different to something special. To uninstall the service on a PC, go to Settings - Programs and Features. Find Dashline in the list here and click the Delete button. Follow the wizard’s prompts and restart the PC when the operation is completed. To remove Dashline on your smartphone, go to the settings and open the list of installed applications. Select Dashline and click delete. After completion, restart the smartphone.

Dashlane is undeniably the most feature-rich password manager on the market. For those who will benefit from some of the more unique offers from Dashlane, such as Password Changer and excellent receipt capture, the price is sure to be justified. Nevertheless, for users who need basic password management, perhaps with not so many bells and whistles, LastPass Premium offers a profitable offer for $ 24. This is slightly less than half the annual Dashlane price for a similar feature set.