These days, a third-party password manager is de rigueur for anyone venturing on to the internet with a clutch of online accounts. You won’t last long relying on weak, easily guessable passwords to protect your personal data when online, so password managers that lock all your passwords away behind a single, master password, have much to recommend them.
Dashlane is a lesser known entity among password managers, but with the release of version 2.0 is aiming to boost its profile. There’s lots to like: AES-256 encryption that derives its key directly from your master password, so it’s not stored anywhere, for example. You can also tie your stored passwords to a single device for even greater security too.
Another great feature is that Dashlane is free on mobile as well as desktop. The downside is that the iOS version is designed for iPhone and iPod touch only, there’s no iPad-friendly version currently available.
Once set up – it’s all very straightforward whether you’re starting from scratching or adding a new device – you can opt to unlock Dashlane on your phone via a four-digit PIN rather than having to type your master password each time. Then it's a simple case of selecting your chosen account details from a list before logging in directly to websites via Dashlane’s built-in browser, or revealing, copying or sending the login details securely via email to someone (or yourself, of course).
Everything you need is here – access to your passwords, auto-fill form information and digital wallet for securely storing payment information. There’s a lack of configurability that means you’ll need to reach for the desktop app to review and update your passwords or import them from another service. Compared to competing services like LastPass, it’s less flexible as a mobile platform, but then you’re not having to pay for for the privilege of using it on your mobile.