There is no internet user in this world that hasn’t experienced the constant struggle that is keeping our online identities safe. Some people say the traditional approach is the best (i.e. keeping a password logbook), while others save passwords and other credentials to their browser. And, of course, let’s not forget those – including ourselves – who recommend the use of password management software for the most secure method.
In seeing the constant evolution of these solutions, it’s safe to assume that sooner or later there will become a time when internet users can indeed surf the web and keep their most sensitive data safe without the need to remember all those complex passwords that we are often required to create every time. And with Dashlane’s latest project, Project Mirror, this dream is about to become reality.
One Small Step for Dashlane, One Giant Leap for Netizens
Although we do appreciate Dashlane for being a simple, straightforward and versatile password manager, even the program’s developers admit that it still can’t fully eliminate the need for creating and saving new passwords manually. But once Project Mirror is fully realized, we can say goodbye to all the problems that are associated with passwords, as Dashlane will be able to automatically perform every password-based action, covering the whole process of creating, entering and changing passwords. The first step towards this, Critical Account Protection, was introduced in 2018 via Dashlane’s mobile version.
The Working Principle of Dashlane's Critical Account Protection
The working principle of Critical Account Protection is based on the basic concept behind Project Mirror, which assumes that most online accounts are used with the same email address. By simply providing access to the email account, all passwords associated with the same email address will be imported into Dashlane’s mobile app and the password manager’s secure vault.
Once the app is done with the automated categorization of these imported credentials, Dashlane will do its magic by combining the powers of Password Changer – the feature capable of replacing old passwords with new ones at certain websites – and the weak password scan of the security center to prepare a detailed analysis of the overall security of your online accounts and to offer you the option to change weak passwords in an instant.
Nearing the End of the Password
Although Critical Account Protection seems to be nothing more than a mix of two already existing – and quite innovative – features, it’s more than enough for the general public to get a little taste of what the future of password management holds.
And the future is bright: when every element presented in Project Mirror will become part of Dashlane – and, eventually, all other password managers – all passwords will be imported from email accounts directly without the need for browser add-ons, which are the constant target of hackers. Not to mention that things like auto-login and changing the password with one click both in the vault and on the relevant website will be taken care of by the program.
In simpler words, Dashlane will simplify the process so much that there won’t be any manual need to create or memorize passwords. However, seeing how advanced biometric authentication technology has become in recent years – with FIDO, heartbeat passwords, voice recognition and more – it’s safe to say that, regardless of what happens, we will certainly be able to drop the concept of passwords entirely in the very near future.
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