Thanks to the technological advancement of cloud-based technology, finding a reliable and affordable cross-platform password manager is an easy task. What’s not so easy, however, is deciding which solution suits an individual’s taste the best, especially if the two chosen programs are so much alike.
Such is the case of Dashlane and RoboForm, two password managers that are equally simple to use and can store various credentials in a safe local vault. But where Dashlane wins over its customers with a stylish design that hides a logical interface, RoboForm is instead better suited for those looking for a solution with a customizable vault and a cost-friendly price point.
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Despite its initially simple appearance, Dashlane’s desktop client and its mobile counterpart are quite brilliant: the software organizes stored data in a logical manner, storing an unlimited amount of credentials across multiple devices, whether it be passwords, credit cards, personal data or even online receipts. New information can be added to Dashlane’s vault with just a few clicks thanks to the convenient browser extension and the option to import data from competing solutions.
Dashlane is also the champion of keeping your data safe: not only does it encrypt all credentials with its own patented method, but it also sports clever extras to keep an eye on your online activity, even when passwords are shared with third parties for emergency purposes or any other reason.
Such features include the constant monitoring of compromised websites and a password changing tool, which automatically switches out weak passwords with ones generated by the program on websites that are supported by the company. Additionally, weak passwords can be changed manually by generating new ones with the built-in password generator.
Dashlane offers a free account to its customers but, for the fullest experience, it’s best to opt for the unlimited paid version available from as low as $2.50.
Despite being on the market for quite a while, RoboForm is still loved by many for being a rather simplistic, downloadable password manager with many extras – one of which being the option to save the login data of certain desktop programs.
However, regardless of where passwords originate from, the software automatically categorizes them and other sensitive data into their respective folders, while enabling you to create custom folders as well.
Although RoboForm’s browser add-on is not exactly spectacular, it has one advantage over Dashlane’s extension: it can be turned into a convenient toolbar where the most important features can be accessed.
Security-wise RoboForm makes sure that all data entered into its vault is encrypted before being uploaded to the company’s cloud for syncing, sharing or backup. Additionally, the program immediately evaluates the master password when the account is created, while other passwords are also constantly monitored within the Security Center.
Although RoboForm is not as visually appealing as Dashlane, it definitely beats it – and any competitors – on its pricing: aside from the free forever version, RoboForm can be experienced in its entirety during a 30-day risk-free trial and it costs as little as $1.25 per month to subscribe to the service.
At first glance it might seem like the main decisive factor between Dashlane and RoboForm are their respective prices, but there are indeed some other key differences to consider.
Dashlane is for those who’d like to keep their most sensitive data in a simple yet stylish desktop password manager. Thanks to its logically designed interface, navigating around Dashlane is a piece of cake, while extra features like its Password Changer, the handy browser add-on and the patented, extra safe encryption method are the icing on top. Don’t forget that the company has a rather fair pricing policy, meaning that users with a tight budget can still enjoy the powerhouse that is Dashlane.
RoboForm, on the other hand, is a simpler solution crammed with plenty of clever features. The option to create your own folders for more personal credential organization is something to be praised, as well as the convenient browser toolbar or the option to back up the vault’s data. Still, what makes RoboForm truly shine is how cheap its fullest version can be, providing the best prices on the password manager market.