Dashlane: The Good
Some genuinely user-friendly features help distinguish Dashlane from its competitors.
Once you’re set up, one of the first things you should do is fire up the desktop application, and select Identity Dashboard from the left-hand side under the Security heading.
Here, you’ll get a quick summary of all the passwords in your Dashlane database. At the top is an overall assessment with a summary of safe, reused, weak, and compromised passwords.
This is also where you’ll see the new Dark Web Monitoring feature that scans third-party databases of known data breaches for items such as credit card numbers and home addresses. This is a feature you have to activate on your own and explicitly tell Dashlane to track.
If you have weak passwords that you’d like to change click the “Manage accounts” button at the top of the main Identity Dashboard window. This will kick you down to the Password Health section that’s listed just below Identity Dashboard on the left-hand side.
In this section of the app, Dashlane shows you the full lists of compromised, weak, and reused passwords. From here, you can go through them one by one and change the ones that need changing. You can also use Dashlane’s auto-change feature to automatically change passwords for supported sites; however, in this section of the app Dashlane only auto-changes one password at a time.
Auto-change multiple passwords at once
If you want to change multiple supported sites at once, there’s a way to do that in another section of Dashlane.
Click on Passwords on the left at the very top, and, in the main portion of the window, you’ll see Password Changer at the top. Click that and a new window appears with all the various sites in your database that Dashlane’s auto-changing password feature supports.
You’ll see how strong your various passwords are using color codes and percentages, as well as any that have been recently changed.
To change multiple passwords at once, select their checkboxes or hit the top checkbox to change them all. If you have two-factor authentication active, Dashlane will even let you manage the secondary-code entry directly through Dashlane itself.
Similar to other password managers, Dashlane has a secure notes feature for entering generic information you want to keep secure. There are also preset templates for items such as software licenses, Wi-Fi passwords, or membership details. The great part is in Dashlane 6 you can add attachments to your notes with a maximum of 1GB total document storage. This is great if you need to store a photo of a serial number or the answers to security questions for sensitive accounts.
Automatically Store Receipts
Interestingly, Dashlane has another section entirely for receipts. Instead of keeping them in the catch-all Secure Notes section, receipts are kept in their own section under Vault > Receipts.
Here, you’ll see Dashlane’s automated detection in action again. When you buy items online, Dashlane will automatically stash your receipt. For cases where it doesn’t work (eg an unsupported site or service) there’s also an Add new button to manually input purchase information such as the amount, date, website, and so on.
Dashlane also has an emergency contact feature that lets you give nominated family members access to your password database within 48 hours upon request. The 48-hour waiting period gives you time to reject the request should it not be an authentic emergency.
You can also reduce the waiting period to none at all, 24 hours, or up to 60 days. If you don’t want your emergency contact(s) getting access to the entire treasure trove, you can give them access only to specific logins and notes.
Share Passwords Feature
Finally, there’s also a built-in sharing feature that lets you share specific passwords with other people.