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I don’t know about you guys, but I always forget my passwords. I try not to use the same password for any one site because I’m too paranoid that once a hacker figures out one he will know them all. But, at the same time, if I create too many passwords I will get locked out of some my favorite sites. At this point, I would have to choose between my online safety and online convenience. Well, not anymore. With Dashlane, you can now save passwords for all of your favorite sites in a single, secure location.
Simply put, Dashlane is a security software for your PC as well as a mobile app for your smartphone. Without getting too technical, it uses a military grade encryption technology to securely store all of your passwords in one place. The password maanger not only stores passwords in the app and software, but it can also be programmed into your web browsers both on your mobile devices and PC at home. This allows Dashlane to take total control of your passwords. No more guessing, no more repeatedly typing the same, slightly altered password and hoping its the right one. Just clean, simple security.
How Does It Work?
There are two different modes of set up for Dashlane; both on mobile devices (currently only iOS and Android) and on the Desktop. If you are setting up for the first time, either on PC or your phone, Dashlane will ask you for an email to function as your login as well as create a master password. This master password has to be pretty lengthy and complex, but if you stick with Dashlane it will be the only password you will ever have to remember. After you create this password, Dashlane will ask your login details for popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and WordPress. It even streamlines this process by asking if there are any sites with the same login/password combo.
Once you set up your account and store some passwords, it is time to sync across several devices, namely your PC. Once you download the software to your PC, log in to your new Dashlane account and it will instantly sync with your phone. It will also pull any log in details you saved in your browser. This is great because it makes the process easy, and it reminded me that I have accounts for tons of sites I don’t even use. Dashlane can also be added as an extension in your browser, which will allow you to log in simply by clicking the Dashlane icon. I can’t stress enough how much this simplifies the internet in general.
Syncing multiple devices is only free for a while, though (30 days to be exact). At that point you can upgrade to premium $39.99 a year. Given the level of convenience, this isn’t a bad price at all. The security is certainly worth it. But, the free software is still nice. Even if it doesn’t sync everything, Dashlane’s free version still allows users to store passwords and help generate new ones when it deems other passwords to easy.
Whether you stick with the free version or upgrade to the premium, Dashlane is pretty much a ‘must have’ service. It is simple to use, and it will make everyone’s lives a lot easier in the long run. Just don’t forget that master password.