In a world where an average internet user is registered to countless sites, a password manager can be a true life safer. Not only do these neat programs store all sorts of credentials, but they have other complementary solutions from password sharing to two-factor authentication options.
LastPass and Dashlane provide all of these features, so what are the distinguishing features between the two? Which will fulfill your preferences, or stand out as the right choice? They’re both clever programs for managing those pesky passwords, so the only question is this: do you prefer web-only software like LastPass, or a program that is downloaded and installed like Dashlane?
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Not only is LastPass a simple and logical password manager, but it is also economical for hard drive space since the software doesn’t require the installation of a desktop app. Upon installing the browser add-on, which supports Microsoft Edge, the program imports all your passwords and other credentials, but data can be pulled from other password managers as well. No matter which method is chosen, LastPass automatically gathers credentials into its default folders or a specified folder created by you.
Aside from passwords, other data can be stored as well, from secure notes to forms, all of which can be safely shared with trusted parties. Its app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices and is even more smartly laid out than its web equivalent, and even includes a safe built-in browser. Additionally, LastPass provides 13 options for the two-factor authentication – including its own (separate) app – and it uses the standard military-grade AES-256 encryption on each device the program is used.
If this isn’t convincing enough, the price will definitely turn you into a LastPass enthusiast: the free version of the program contains everything a user would expect or need from a password manager, but the other complementary features only come in at $2 per month.
Although Dashlane exists as a download-only app, it is still as convenient as if it were fully web-based since all your data are stored in the cloud. The program itself is laid out simply and logically, capable of storing not only ordinary login credentials, but documents, confidential notes and even receipts of online purchases as well. Additionally all of these options can be searched and safely shared with a third party, even for emergency purposes.
Should a site that you have registered onto Dashlane become compromised, the software alerts you immediately and prompts for a change of password with a single click on the appropriately named Password Changer. But Dashlane goes even further when it comes to security: all data is encrypted with the company’s patented encryption method, passwords are duly evaluated and access is only possible with devices that are authenticated by the program. To top it all, the iOS and Android app, which serves as a two-step authenticator, is also capable of unlocking the program with your fingerprint.
Like most password managers Dashlane has a free version, but to enjoy the software at its fullest it is best to choose the Premium subscription, which is only $2.50 per month on a five-year plan.
Despite some major differences between LastPass and Dashlane, they both have many features in common. So ultimately the deciding factor comes down to whether you prefer a downloadable program or a solution that exists only in the cloud.
LastPass is an entirely web-based solution, capable of integrating into all major web browsers and intelligently sorting all credentials imported from various sources. Clients using LastPass enjoy a simple and straightforward interface, an equally user-friendly mobile app, a clever authenticator, and a convincing pricing policy. Dashlane, on the other hand, provides a downloadable program equipped with plenty of clever solutions like the Password Changer, the option to store virtually all kinds of credentials and an app that has integrated two-factor authentication. All of the above is available either for free or in an affordable premium plan, the price of which can be further reduced on a longer subscription.