Remembering many credentials is quite a challenge, which is why having a password manager can be such a blessing. The only problem is that there are so many solutions that picking the right one seems downright impossible. Should it be equipped with extras that make password management more convenient or is a more conservative and streamlined app that simply does its job enough? This is one question that most users ask before opting for a password manager. And thankfully there are two solutions that correspond to these expectations: Dashlane, the epitome of innovation and 1Password, the ideal choice for individuals and families.
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At first Dashlane doesn’t seem like much of a champion, but dig deeper and it immediately becomes clear why so many people choose this solution. For starters, the multiplatform vault – available for PCs, Macs, and smartphones – is categorized in a logical manner and can house an unlimited number of credentials. These credentials can be shared with others via Dashlane’s encrypted servers, even for emergency purposes.
Dashlane is also boosts its convenience thanks mostly to its browser extensions that seamlessly imports passwords and other kinds of credentials into the secured vault and automatically logs you into accounts.
However, what makes Dashlane a must-have is its security features. Aside from supporting PIN code access via Windows Hello and sporting a built-in VPN to protect you from unsecure Wi-Fi connections, it also constantly monitors the internet and the dark web for security breaches, can analyze the strength of every password stored within its vault and in certain cases can even automatically replace weak passwords with truly unbreakable ones.
Although Dashlane offers a free account, opting for Dashlane Premium for $3.33 per month is very worthwhile since doing so will unlock every possible feature and remove the 50-credential limit of the free version. This premium package can be trialed via a 30-day money-back guarantee, too.
Dashlane is a powerhouse when it comes to securely storing passwords, but in 1Password it has definitely found a worthy competitor – and not just because it too has a logically designed user-friendly interface. The reason for 1Password being such a good option isn’t just the well-implemented usual set of features, which includes the smart categorization of credentials, a browser extension, and the support of multiple platforms from Windows and Mac to Android and iOS.
The software is also full of clever surprises, such as how the built-in password generator has many settings ensuring that any generated password are as strong as possible. Additionally, there is Travel Mode, which temporarily removes the 1Password vault from the selected device for the duration of a journey to keep credentials out of wrongdoers’ sight. But more than anything, 1Password is ridiculously secure thanks to features like one-time passwords for certain accounts, how authentication is required on new devices or the way that each password has its strength analyzed.
Unfortunately, 1Password doesn’t have a free version, but both paid versions are very costly friendly with 1Password Personal costing just $2.99 per month and the five-license Families package available for $4.99 a month. Both of these can be tested for free for the first 30 days.
The good news is that no matter which password management solution you decide to side with, it’ll certainly be a handy companion in performing the most important task of storing credentials and keeping them safe. However, there are still some differences that could make the decision a bit easier.
Dashlane is without doubt the more innovative password manager due to features like the automated replacement of weak passwords or the in-built VPN that make password management both more convenient and safer, which is definitely fair compensation for the higher price of the software.
And while 1Password is cheaper than its competitor, it’s undoubtedly more conservative with its features, too. However, it’s still capable of pulling out surprises such as the clever Travel Mode and it’s definitely a worthy choice for families that want to keep their most precious data separate from one another but still equally protected.