Dashlane - A Very Impressive Password Manager

I've recently been trying out a relatively new password manager called Dashlane, and I have to admit to being rather impressed.

To get Dashlane, head to www.dashlane.com and download it.  The basic edition, which has all the features you're likely to need, is free.  It runs under Windows and supports popular browsers such as IE, FireFox and Chrome.  The installer is a 1.5 MB download, and VirusTotal reckons it's clean of all malware.

Once you've installed Dashlane, you continue using the web as normal.  However, when you log into a password-protected web site, Dashlane will pop up a window asking if you want it to remember the username and password you just used.  Next time you go to the login page of that web site, there's no need to type those details again - Dashlane will log you straight in.

In my fairly limited tests, I have to admit that Dashlane performed very well indeed.  It did, as it claims, remember all the passwords I asked it to, and logged me back into the sites just fine.  And although I don't have any major worries about allowing it to store my personal information (it's only ever stored on your own PC, never on their servers), I would always suggest that you keep a copy of such data safely written down somewhere, just in case you lose your Dashlane installation and, with it, all of your logins.

As well as storing and automatically typing usernames and passwords, Dashlane can also store your name, address, date of birth, and even your credit card details, ready to re-enter into any web site that you've previously used them with.  I am yet to be convinced that large numbers of people will use such a feature.  But as for remembering and retyping passwords and usernames, Dashlane does a top-notch job and could be very useful indeed,

 

 

 

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by themerganser on 21. June 2013 - 4:00  (108634)

Pros: Keeps track of site-level passwords and can organize passwords and site information.

Cons: Extreme slow-down of browser. My IE9 has nearly stopped working since I installed Dashlane and I had to disable it to get IE working again.

Invalid sign-in. Only about 1/2 of the sites that I use can be logged in correctly. In many of the sites that I set up, the password is loaded into the login id field (and exposed!)

Desktop application functionality problems. Now the desktop application has now stopped working and doesn't open any websites (I assume because IE stopped working.)

Summary: The cons outweigh the pros. I signed up for the Premium account but have now cancelled because of problems with the app and browser. Unfortunately, I've already paid for a year, so I guess that I will continue trying it out.

by Suzette (not verified) on 16. August 2012 - 13:28  (97794)

So I have downloaded LastPass... how can I access it online?

by Jero on 17. August 2012 - 14:26  (97856)

read the documentation....

by Suzette (not verified) on 16. August 2012 - 12:01  (97784)

Ok, I've been convinced to give LastPass a try. I'll download a copy and put it to the test :) I should actually test Clipperz and see which one I like better and which suits my needs more.

Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions/recommendations.

by Lisa (not verified) on 8. August 2012 - 17:34  (97415)

I have been using LastPass for the last year but like this as well. Cannot make my mind up which is better until the Android version comes out. When will the Android version be coming out? I did read somewhere that it might be June but we are now in August.

by michel (not verified) on 8. August 2012 - 16:02  (97407)

So it logs you in to websites? Firefox does this built in, probably the other browsers do too. Does it do anything else?

by Jero on 17. August 2012 - 14:25  (97855)

Browsers store passwords in an unencrypted file. It is fairly easy to rummage around for 5 minutes and get all of your usernames and passwords.
Password managers encrypt your data, so if it is found, it is useless gibberish. I would not have a laptop or portable device without one.
I can stand the loss of a laptop, netbook or phone, but not my identity.

by abc100 on 2. October 2012 - 12:07  (100107)

I agree with you Jero that Browsers store passwords in an unencrypted file and it is easy for any crook to get hold of them;here is a article from cnet about that- http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57522096-285/reveal-saved-passwords-...

(courtesy----- nicole cozma)

Hope this is an eyeopener to all
:)

by pottster on 8. August 2012 - 11:32  (97381)

I know LastPass seems to be the way to go for most people these days for sheer convenience but, personally, I still prefer the offline dependability/security and track record of Keepass. Convenience shouldn't be the most important consideration where security is concerned.

by saschamaj on 9. August 2012 - 1:36  (97437)

I agree with you, however you can easily backup your passwords manually with Lastpass into csv or encrypted csv format via the "export to" menu in "tools". Since every Lastpass installation runs locally, Lastpass is technically an offline password manager, however with a built-in online backup and automatic sync function. A lot of people don't understand that about Lastpass.
Not saying that Keepass is no good, but surely not better...

by pottster on 9. August 2012 - 7:42  (97450)

I don't think it's a question of being better it's where your trust lies for this type of software. For me, stories like this one http://www.zdnet.com/blog/government/lastpass-melts-down-and-leaves-many... and the fact that I'm entrusting this kind of data to anyone is a risk I'd rather not take. It's a personal decision at the end of the day.

by saschamaj on 9. August 2012 - 17:03  (97476)

Thanks for the link, I was already using Lastpass during that episode last year, and didn't have a problem getting to my passwords. This blog post also is wrong in saying that Lastpass does not keep a local copy of your vault. That is wrong, as any Laspass user can simply go offline and login. I just did and got the message "Lastpass cannot connect to the login server. You are now using the offline version. Some features may be disabled."
I can edit, copy, export, etc. every password as normal. Like I said before, you always have a locally encrypted copy of all your passwords on any device you have logged in with Lastpass.
Now, that said, I also strongly recommend to enable the two-factor authentication, which is free and a somewhat hidden feature. That way, even if someone gets a hand on your master password, he still wouldn't be able to open it unless he logs in from an authorized device or has access to a grid of numbers, that I store encrypted on my phone, to authenticate his device.

I have noticed that a lot of Keepass users sync their database file with Dropbox because they don't trust Lastpass. Well, Dropbox had an actual security breach last year, and it turned out that while they sync via https connection, their staff can access individual accounts.

So while I do understand that people prefer Keepass over Lastpass, sometimes it seems to me they do so while not being fully aware of the features of Lastpass. And I was a long-time user of Keepass by the way.

Anyways, I'll stop my unpaid marketing campaign for Lastpass now...

by Anupam on 8. August 2012 - 11:59  (97384)

Agreed with you, and like you, I too use KeePass :).

by Jojo Yee on 8. August 2012 - 16:07  (97409)

+1, it's one of the good solutions. I'm using it to keep banking and other important passwords with my own 'dual-layer' protection on Android. I also use LastPass, keeping other passwords for general use.

by Don h (not verified) on 8. August 2012 - 11:12  (97380)

working in the .i.t profession those of us do spend alot of time looking at security and while the program offered looks like it has the same features as lastpass at 4x the price not worth it, clipers has weaker security and you can take lastpass with you as there is a portable version to use with portable firefox, chrome and google authentiticator as a extra layer before logoin makes i a good choice and you can set it to block logins from any were other than ur currant contry. aguazales is correct suzzette for the same reasons i posted above..

by DavidL (not verified) on 8. August 2012 - 6:31  (97371)

It sounds like it autofills from your review.

When I was looking for a replacement for Roboform when they changed the license agreement in v7, there's one feature I rely on I've never found elsewhere- the ability to display a URL related prompt for passwords where the page may ask, say, characters 1,5,7 or 2,6,9 - variably - and these have to be manually filled or selected from drop-down lists.

This is essential for all financial sites I use.

by John Newmarch (not verified) on 8. August 2012 - 3:40  (97368)

I have used Lastpass for years and it meets all my needs. It would, however, be useful to see a comparison between the password managers - we might be unaware of what we are missing.

by Suzette (not verified) on 8. August 2012 - 1:05  (97364)

I tend not use password managers like this because I may have several accounts - for example - hotmail - I have 3 accounts, plus I tend to use more than 1 computer - 3 at home and 1 at the office.

What I would really like is a portable password manager that I can carry around on a usb key. Bonus would be if I could click on the website in the password manager, and have it log me right in.

I keep watching for something like that, lol.

by maxm (not verified) on 16. August 2012 - 11:20  (97783)

http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/keepass_portable/

keepass portable

by tweetiepooh on 9. August 2012 - 16:04  (97471)

If there are more than one account stored for a service then LastPass will offer a drop down so you can select which account to use.

In the past I've used PINs to store passwords. This really is a small standalone programme but doesn't do all the auto filling. You can store all sorts of data in it though.

by Balaji Ramanathan (not verified) on 8. August 2012 - 3:44  (97369)

Actually, better than LastPass, try Clipperz (www.clipperz.com). All the features of LastPass + better security + the ability to take your passwords with you as an html file (which has the same functionality as the clipperz website itself, and is secure because it still requires the same password to use as you would to log into the clipperz website. This can come in handy if the clipperz website is not accessible from wherever you are for whatever reason).

by aguazales on 8. August 2012 - 2:00  (97367)

@Suzzette, I think that LastPass could fit your needs. You can access your passwords anywhere you can access the Internet, so you don't have to remember to carry arround a flash drive. It has browser extensions you can use, or you can log in to their website and use a temporary bookmarklet for browsers on computers you don't own. It is perfectly capable of managing multiple accounts for the same website or service too. Oh, and it can automatically log you into websites. :) Just a suggestion.

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