Dashlane is the best password manager for businesses. But is it right for you? Find out in our no-nonsense review (and give it a go for free)
Dashlane is the best password manager for businesses, and the overall winner of our five best password managers review.
Not only did we find Dashlane the most powerful and user-friendly password management tool we tested, it really goes the extra mile to take the hassle out of staying safe (and on top of things) online.
As well as an ultra-intuitive dashboard, we were impressed with genius features like being able to analyse all your password strengths, update many passwords with a single click, and even auto-save all your online receipts (we'll explain all below).
The only place Dashboard doesn't come out on top is its price – at around £2.50 a month ($3.33) it's not the cheapest password manager. But given Dashboard's well-designed and time-saving features, we think it still offers excellent value for money.
In this in-depth Dashboard review, we explain everything you need to know to work out if this really is the best password manager for you, including an honest break-down of the pros and cons, existing customer user reviews and full features explained.
Ultimately, it's yours to decide – but if you'd like to give Dashlane a whirl, it's good to know you can try it completely for free.
In this review we cover:
Dashlane pros and cons
✔ Auto-saves online receipts
✔ Helpful password strength checks
✔ Can auto-change many passwords
✔ Password strength analysis
✘ Attachments not supported
✘ Pricier than LastPass
Dashlane: The good
Dashlane is a straightforward and robust password manager that makes keeping passwords secure as easy as possible.
When you shop online, Dashlane automatically finds and saves your receipts – it’s the handiest place to keep them all if you ever need to get your hands on a warranty. But there’s also the option to add them manually if you prefer.
Dashlane has a nifty password sharing feature, so you can keep all your colleagues in the loop, whether they’re with Dashlane or not.
Password strength analysis
Dashlane is pretty unique: it doesn’t just store your passwords securely, it takes an active interest in your all-round password health.
From the dashboard, you can run a speedy analysis of your passwords’ strength, then auto-change any weak or overused passwords.
Dashlane: The less good
Dashlane is an exceptional password manager, but it’s worth considering its quirks and what you get with the free trial.
Attachments are helpful for screenshotting complex codes or security questions and uploading them to an entry. It’s a good feature to have, but not a deal breaker.
Is Dashlane Free worth it?
Free password managers can be a good idea, but with Dashlane we recommend thinking twice before going ahead.
With the Dashlane Free, you can only store your passwords on one device, so losing it means losing the lot.
One get-around would be backing up your database to an encrypted hard drive, but for the hassle, it probably makes sense just to opt for the paid subscription.
Hassle-free password security for a few pounds a month
Dashlane is a premium password manager – it costs a fraction more than some rivals like LastPass, but it also comes with that bit more support.
Dashlane Free has many of the top features offered by the Premium edition, with one big omission: your passwords are all stored on one device – and aren’t backed up to the cloud.
That means you really don’t want to lose whatever device you’ve installed Dashlane on. In fact, we just don’t think it’s worth the risk, considering you can get complete peace of mind for just a couple of pounds a month.
Dashlane Premium: £2.50 a month
The Premium version of Dashlane is such a step up that it’s almost not worth saving those couple of pounds a month on the Free edition.
It costs around £2.50 a month ($3.33), but you're welcome to try it for free to see how you get on.
The main benefit of this plan is being able to sync all your passwords securely via the cloud across your devices, so you can access your passwords whether you’re on your laptop, tablet or phone.
This is a pretty big one, as otherwise losing your device means losing all your passwords – and a world of admin. For not much a month, we think that's plenty of peace of mind.
But there are other perks too like VIP customer support, extra authentication support and unrestricted password sharing.
Dashlane Business: £3 a month
If you’re a small business owner, you’ll especially benefit from secure password sharing with Dashlane Business, which you can get for just £3 ($4) per user per month.
With the Dashlane Business plan, you get all the benefits of Premium, plus some additional perks like:
- Smart Spaces – For everyone who mixes their work and personal life, but wants to keep the password data separate
- Admin Console – For user management
- Bumped-up security – With 2FA integration
And because Dashlane was built with tech pros and everyday folk in mind, onboarding your staff will be simple.
Dashlane user ratings
★★★★★ ( )
Ease of use ★★★★★ (5)
Performance ★★★★★ (5)
Customer support ★★★★★ (4.5)
Value ★★★★★ (4.5)
“This is the easiest to use, yet secure password vault I have tried. I've tried three other vaults and this is the best.”
– Ben C
A trusted tool:
“This is my favorite password manager! While I like the feature of it logging you in automatically I mainly use it to securely hold my millions of passwords and to help me auto generate passwords. I think everyone should use it! It is secure and reliable.”
– Holly J
“If you're willing to pay a fair price for security, this is the company to go with. From experiencing the software, and reading their blog and email, I really think this is a company that is very sincere about improving security for computer users and making it as easy to use as possible. They seem to be constantly looking for ways to improve the apps.”
– Michael Morse
“Completely changed my opinion on password managing. Worth every penny.”
– Iain Murdock
Dashlane features: The top 6
Dashlane's features really set it apart
Dashlane's features are second to none. You can find a full list of them on their website, but here are our favourite six:
With the Dashlane web extension, you can instantly log onto websites and save new passwords in just a click. We like how Dashlane automatically saves and fills in your passwords, so you can browse the web easily and safely.
We all know we need to stop using our dog's name or anniversary as our password, but it's tricky to remember strong passwords. Dashlane's built-in Password Generator lets you create iron-cast passwords – and you don't need to remember them all because Dashlane has your back.
Secure Credit Card Storage
As you'd expect, there's a Secure Notes and Documents section that saves any personal data you'd like. And with the web extension memorising your payment details, online shopping is also a breeze.
Dark web monitoring and personalised alerts
Online identity theft is on the rise every year. Dashlane constantly scans the web to see if any of your credentials have leaked there, and if you're ever a target you'll get an alert so you can act right away.
VPN for WiFi protection
Dashlane really pulls out the stops when it comes to keeping you safe online. If you're ever online on an unsecure WiFi, Dashlane will encrypt all your activity, you so stay protected.
Dashlane also has a nifty little feature that your friends, family and coworkers will love. You can share any passwords you choose with them without even needing to reveal what it is. It stays encrypted, and if you change it everyone stays looped in, or you can revoke access at any time.
Dashlane vs LastPass
Bags more features, but a scratch pricier
Dashlane and LastPass are absolutely two of the best password managers out there, and both strong contenders for the number one spot.
They're both simple and secure, but Dashlane will make your life that bit easier with premium support and many of the time-saving features we've been raving about (the multi-password update tool alone is a massive time-saver).
That said, Dashlane also costs that bit more (around £1 more a month), so LastPass may be your best bet if you're on a tight budget.
So ultimately, it'll come down to whether you're more interested in a features-packed option or a nice and cheap password manager. Either way, you won't go wrong.
Dashlane review: Final verdict
The most features-rich password manager
Dashlane has one of the most intuitive dashboards and helpful features of all the password managers we tested.
Of course, there are slightly cheaper rivals, but given the low monthly costs of all password tools, it’s barely worth saving less than a pound a month if you end up losing your peace of mind.
Thanks to some handy perks like the password analysis tool, multi-update function and online receipt auto-saves, we’ve crowned Dashlane our best password manager overall.
Would you like to give it a go? You can download Dashlane for free.