Dashlane is one of those password managers that are on the rise. Everybody talks to me about it, and I tried it out a long time ago, but it has evolved a lot since then, so this is a good opportunity to give you some information about this tool.
Dashlane is an online service, which means that your secure password is not hosted by you, but stored with them. Dashlane still requires at least an extension for your browser or a fat client (Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS) to be installed if you want it to automatically fill in the fields on the web pages.
Otherwise, through the web application, you can also access your safe.
Once your account is created, Dashlane offers more or less the same functionality as its competitor LastPass. That is, the storage of passwords, but also of notes, without forgetting all your personal information such as your address, phone number, ID (useful if you have several passports like Carlos’), payment cards, receipts and other bills.
Although Dashlane can be used in a web version, the installation of a browser extension is still strongly recommended. So I started my test with this side of Dashlane and installed the extension in my Firefox.
And I found it very basic. The extension is very minimalist and doesn’t include all the Dashlane features that can be found in the thick client. You need the browser extension as the equivalent of the web version, while the client has many more features than I will discuss below.
The extension is available for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari, Brave with a bit of tinkering, Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 and 11 if you like to abuse yourself and Opera, no, go scratch.
In terms of security, Dashlane presents itself as, and I quote ” a leader in the security industry through the use of the most advanced encryption technology ” . I raised an eyebrow at first and then looked at their security white paper that you can find here and although I can’t tell you whether or not they are leaders in securing their customers’ safes, what they have put in place seems strong to me.
First, all connections, whether between your browser and Dashlane’s online application (web or application) or internally between your web application and your web services, are encrypted.
Not only is there a master password that you set, but Dashlane also validates the device or browser you are using with a 2FA code that is emailed to you.
Same for sharing passwords with other users, everything is encrypted using RSA in a private/public key principle. Hi Alice, hi Bob!
Dashlane also offers a fairly new solution in the world of password management, which allows you to quickly change passwords for a selection of websites with a single click. So there’s no need to think about it anymore, your Twitter and Facebook password will be changed regularly and automatically. Here is the list of sites that support this feature.
Encryption keys are not stored anywhere in Dashlane. None of its employees have access to customer data, and even if Dashlane was put in his underwear by a super Death Hacker, since the safes are encrypted in Zero Knowledge mode using the Master Password, it would take hundreds of years with brute-force software to break a single safe.
Anyway, hang in there.
The password generator
Dashlane obviously has a built-in password generator and is freely accessible to everyone, just like LastPass, so if you need to generate a small password quickly, this is the place to go.
Dashlane also offers an analysis of the quality of your passwords, and will encourage you to change the weakest ones. In addition, they also scan for data leaks related to your email addresses, and will warn you if any of your account credentials are spinning out.
Dashlane syncs with all your devices if you take the premium option.
What if there is an emergency?
In case of emergency, Dashlane provides a “back-up” contact that allows you to transfer access to your password securely in the event of death or hospitalization, which remains convenient for all “digital heritage” issues.
Dahslane is available free, but limited to 50 passwords for a single device, which is a bit tight. The premium option will cost you 40 euros per year and will offer you unlimited data storage, as well as an unlimited number of devices (PC, mobile…etc.) and the famous surveillance functions in the dark network to be alerted in case of data leakage.
The premium option also includes a VPN that I haven’t tried, but according to comments from the Korbenaut community, it’s not crazy.
However, it does not save small animals as Sticky Password does with manatees.
Migrating to Dashlane
It is possible to migrate to Dashlane from other tools such as LastPass, 1Password, KeePass…etc. using the CSV (unencrypted) export format. So don’t worry. And of course the same for exporting your data from Dashlane and why not switch to a different zipper at some point.
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