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Dashlane 1.0 (for iPhone) Review
The elegant, free Dashlane password manager app for the iPhone syncs nicely with the excellent desktop application, but it needs better Safari integration.
(3.5 out of 5)
- Gorgeous interface
- Easy set up
- Syncs with Editors’ Choice-winning desktop application.
- Requires user to manually copy/paste login information
- Lacks Safari integration
- Not yet available for Android.
If you’re both security-conscious and lazy, Dashlane 1.0 for iPhone (free) is the perfect app for you. This slick mobile complement to the Editors’ Choice-winning desktop password manager securely saves all your login names and passwords, which you can then copy and paste into web-based logins in your Safari browser. All you need to remember is a single master password.
In terms of features, Dashlane for the iPhone doesn’t beat LastPass Premium for iPhone ($1/month, 3 stars), which comes with a decent, slightly sluggish built-in browser that autofills your login information. Furthermore Dashlane’s app is read-only for now, so you can’t add new passwords like you can in LastPass’s app. However Dashlane for iPhone is far more elegant and polished than LastPass Premium for iPhone, so you’re more likely to stick with it.
Start by creating a free account through Dashlane’s desktop application. Dashlane’s desktop application uses a novel, foursquare-like points and badges system to sustain and grow its user base, and you earn points by simply using the application. The Dashlane app is free, but you need 25,000 points to unlock it, and the quickest way to do so is by making a successful email referral. As Dashlane adds more features to the app, you may need to earn more points to unlock them.
The first time you open the app you have to pass a two-factor login authentication. Afterwards, you only need to enter your master password each time you log in, with no option to save the password. This is a good thing, and here’s why: every time you log in, all the information stored in your vault is immediately decrypted and stored locally—and immediately deleted once the app times out and you’re logged out. Unlike LastPass, in which you can choose to never sign out, Dashlane automatically times out every few minutes. This is a tedious but secure practice meant to save you from your own laziness.
Tap into your vault to view stored contact information, login usernames and passwords, and IDs. For now, you can only copy and paste login information to fill out form fields in your Safari browser or in other apps. You can do this in LastPass’s iPhone app too, but through the more conventional means of tapping your saved data and holding to open the copy or paste pop-up command.
In Dashlane it’s much simpler—you merely need to tap buttons like Copy Login or Copy Password. Alternatively, you can launch saved URLs in Safari which will sign you in automatically. In LastPass, you have to use LastPass’s built-in browser—a rather slow-loading version of Safari—to autofill login information.
Not Yet Indispensible
As far as password managers go, Dashlane’s first app is intuitively designed, but too limited in scope to be truly indispensible. We’re told an upcoming version this summer will likely come with a Safari-like browser to let you autofill form fields, and include a secure click-to-pay option for mobile shoppers (similar to the desktop edition’s express checkout feature). Android support is slated for June. If Dashlane can accomplish all this while retaining the elegance of its inaugural app, we may have an Editors’ Choice on our hands.
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By Sara Yin, PCMag