Putting Dashlane and Bitwarden side-by-side is, without a doubt, a clash of titans. Each one offers a comprehensive password manager and, although some aspects differ, both are reliable pieces of software that will secure more than just your account credentials. There's the option to use both Dashlane and Bitwarden for free forever, but to really get the most out of these password managers a premium account is necessary. Thankfully, you can test all the added features by taking advantage of their 30-day risk-free trials.
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Dashlane is much more than just a password manager – it's a safe place for any type of personal information you may want to save. Proof of that is the variety of data entries that you can store in Dashlane's vault. Moreover, Dashlane's paid version scans the dark web to ensure your details haven’t been leaked, alerts you of any data breaches, and audits passwords to warn you about weak and/or duplicated keys.
Things don’t end there though. Security-wise, Dashlane is a technological fortress. In addition to protecting all information locally with AES-256 military-grade encryption, Dashlane also offers a built-in VPN that ensures you can safely use the password manager when connected to insecure public Wi-Fi. In other words, nobody will be able to get their hands on your personal data.
The main issue with Dashlane is its price. While there's a free plan that you can take advantage of, it limits your number of stored passwords to 50. To actually use Dashlane without any worries, you'll have to upgrade to the premium account which costs at least $4.99 per month with yearly installments.
Bitwarden is an open source password manager that not only offers many of the features found in modern password managers but still provides the flexibility tech-savvy people love. What's more, Bitwarden's free plan is one of the most complete on the market. It lets you store an unlimited number of entries, allows for device syncing, and offers the option to self-host your vault without having to pay a cent.
Security-wise, Bitwarden encrypts your data locally using AES-256 encryption, which means that the company only ever stores encrypted data in their servers. However, if you want to keep your credentials closer to home, you can self-host your own vault via Docker.
The paid Bitwarden plan adds 1GB of secure file storage, two-step login, vault health reports, and TOTP authentication to the package – all for the ridiculously low price of $0.83 per month with annual payments. There's also a family package which supports up to five users, and gives you the ability to share entries between each other for just $1 per user per month.
Regardless of the password manager you choose – Dashlane or Bitwarden – you'll be in good hands. Pricewise, Bitwarden is more attractive: not only does its free plan offer enough features for you to use it forever without the need to upgrade, but even if you decide to go premium you won't be spending much. On the other hand, Dashlane may be more expensive but it comes with many more features. It supports a wider variety of data types, and the built-in VPN ensures that you're safe even when accessing your password vault over insecure Wi-Fi. In short, if you're only looking for a reliable password manager, Bitwarden is enough. However, if you're looking for some neat extra features, Dashlane is the password manager you want. We advise you to take advantage of both companies’ 30-day risk-free trials to see for yourself which one floats your boat the most.
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