Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)


Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)

Password managers play an essential role in the current digital era. It is ubiquitous to have many online accounts on different platforms, including social media, online banking, and even online accounts, for accessing some government services. With the rising threat of cybersecurity, having a secure and robust password saves a lot to keep your personal data safe from malicious actors. See, it even goes beyond just personal data to identity theft and also losing your money stored in online accounts.

Password Managers help in cutting down most of your work by storing your passwords in a secure vault plus you can also use them as a tool for creating safe and secure passwords. So, you cut down much work of memorizing many passwords to just one “Master Password” that paves the way for your other online accounts.

Both Dashlane vs LastPass are examples of one of the top password managers in the industry right now. As a result, choosing between the two can be challenging. Through this article, we are going to break down to you the various features offered by both Dashlane vs LastPass. In the end, we will be determining which of the two suits your needs and why you should choose one over the other.

Consumer Rating Dashlane VS LastPass

Since both of these password Managers are quite popular, they have in the past accrued some good ratings on the market. LastPass, for example, has over 10 million users currently on Google Chrome Webstore and has an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 28,717 users. Dashlane, on the other hand, has over 2.7 million users and has a rating of 3.7 stars out of five with just 1,371 votes. On Google Playstore, LastPass boasts over 5 million downloads with a 4.4-star rating while Dashlane has over 1 million downloads with a 4.6-star rating.

Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)
LastPass Mobile @lastpassofficial

Customer Support Dashlane VS LastPass

Customer support is also a crucial factor to consider. Because when you run into troubles, sometimes you need a hand from the tech support team to solve the matters.

Dashlane offers a help center composed of various guides on matters that you may be in trouble with on your end. They also have a bot alongside to help you find the answers for you ASAP. The support page is quite resourceful with many tutorials, and how-to guides to that get into the nitty-gritty details about most requested topics. However, for human support, you can reach the Dashlane team via email provided on the website. There is no phone support, and email support is only available from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

LastPass, on the other hand, has a user manual page dedicated to providing answers to the most asked questions. Plus, you can also use the forums which are quite active – not bad, but we bet most issues lie under the feature requests. With LastPass, that is all about their tech support – a bummer you can say. As long as it is hard to get in touch with a human for support personally, things get a little bit out of hand. However, we found a way to contact them via email, but that was under a question asking for the same.

Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)
Dashlane screens @geekgirlriot

User Satisfaction Dashlane VS LastPass

Well, now this is where all the criticism lies. Starting with Dashlane, the most recent reviews on the desktop are quite insightful. One user says, “used to be great, now it just blows.” The user clarifies that the chrome extension was crashing on several occasions. But that seems to be an issue that the Dashlane technical team is already aware of. Another user who contacted Dashlane was told same the problem had been raised by several users as well, and the team links the issue to a change in Google’s shift to some functionalities in their browser. So, yeah expect instances where you have to uninstall and re-install the extension to get your autofill feature work again

On the other hand, LastPass seems a bit better. Because we use LastPass for the most part, the browser extension is quite buggy. Most times we have to login in again due to “An error occurred while logging in to LastPass. Please check your Internet connection.” Well, we know my internet connection, and that is not how it works. But LastPass has to ask me again for the password in order to use it for password autofill. But let’s keep aside my issues and see what others have to say.

So, we stumbled on the LastPass support page on the Chrome Web Store, and all we see is furious users trying to seek help from the developers. The most recent comment, a user says “Everything with LastPass was great ….. until we downloaded the “Premium” version of LastPass.” Other issues most recently highlighted include the inability to automatically add new accounts, Overlapped UI on copy/pasting of passwords, disappearing icon, invalid response, corrupted extension, and crashing extension to name few.

Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)
Dashlane mobile @geekgirlriot

Availability Dashlane VS LastPass

Moving on to the availability of these services, you will get to use them regardless of your platform. With LastPass, you can find the app available on Windows Store, Linux, Android and iOS, Chrome OS, Windows Phone, and even watchOS. Plus, LastPass is also available as an extension that you can install on your browser, something in which we find the most effective method for using Password Managers. LastPass extension is available for Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, and Safari.

On the other hand, Dashlane is available on both mobile platforms (iOS and Android), Windows, and also macOS. So, even if there is no app for Linux, you can use Dashlane via their browser extension from your favorite browser. Dashlane has its browser extension on Safari, Firefox, Opera, Edge, Chrome and also internet explorer.

Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)
LastPass on iOS @lastpassofficial

Password Generator Dashlane VS LastPass

 With a Password Generator, you can use your password manager program to generate secure passwords when creating/changing your password(s). This feature is very useful, given that the human brain tends to fear sophistication; we tend to create passwords that are memorable naturally – that is what Password managers will not give to you since they combine both letters, numbers, symbols and special characters in one password. Plus, as soon as you have generated your password, the tool will also save it into your vault directly. Both LastPass and Dashlane have this feature – it’s a tie.

Password Changer

With this feature, you can be able to change all your passwords without a hassle. Imagine being able to change all your online passwords in one click. How cool! Some bad news is that only Dashlane offers this feature. For LastPass, you will have to manually change your password for every other service that you use, which is a tedious task.

Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)
Dashlane password manager @ipanigeria

Security Dashlane VS LastPass

Security matters a lot since you will be strong all the keys to your various online accounts in one basket. Since password managers have centered their business around storing your online credentials securely, they offer features that help in keeping your information secure. Both LastPass and Dashlane offer secure notes a feature that provides you a way to store those little secrets of yours in their vault. Plus, you also get security breach alerts; in any case, a breach has hit one of your services.

Additionally, both services offer security reports on the strength of your password portfolio. With these, you can view which of your accounts have weak passwords or if one of your passwords has been used in more than one online account.

However, that is not all about security. Before we wrap up on security, you should take note that LastPass has had two security breaches in the past – in 2011 and the second one in 2015. The 2015 breach affected user email addresses, master passwords, and the security phrases for the master passwords.

The company overcame this by resetting master passwords. But that does not make LastPass’s security weaker in any way because the company has still maintained using the AES-256bit encryption.

Check out more on security and how Lastpass compares with another security giant in “Bitwarden VS LastPass: Switch to Open Source?“.

Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)
Dashlane desktop @sidich_aleksandr

2 Factor Authentication

2 Factor Authentication adds a layer of security to your account. Both LastPass and Dashlane have a 2FA mobile PIN attached to their mobile applications. On top of that, LastPass offers an extra layer of protection through biometric multi-factor authentication, including fingerprint and facial recognition.

Surprisingly on Dashlane, Multi-factor authentication is still an alien idea. For an extra layer of security, both platforms also let you share your passwords with a contact you trust.

And for better security of your passwords, both platforms have implemented a strong encryption algorithm to achieve that. LastPass uses AES-256 bit encryption with PBKDF2 SHA-256 and salted hashes while Dashlane relies on Agron2d for the same purpose.

Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)
LastPass 2 Factor Auth @lastpassofficial

Digital Wallet

Digital wallet is a feature implemented by both LastPass and Dashlane to store your payment information in a digital form for faster checkout on online stores. Digital wallet storage is unlimited so that you can add all of your payment options. On checkout, simply choose the one you want to use, and the details will be filled in right away.

VPN

VPN is only available on Dashlane. Dashlane VPN is a premium feature so you will not have it on their free plan. Dashlane VPN features include; customizable locations, unlimited bandwidth, and devices. Plus, Dashlane says its VPN uses “optimal virtual location technology for fast connections everywhere.”

Ease of Use

Both of these services are not hard to get along with, even for a new user.  However, we find Dashlane simpler to use. The program is easy to sign-up, just like LastPass. But, the most crucial part about Dashlane is the ability to automatically log in to your account as soon as you hit that URL. For example, going to twitter.com, Dashlane will automatically log you in without having to touch a button. With LastPass be ready to hit the login button each and every time. On design and UI, LastPass offers the best user interface than Dashlane

Identity Theft Insurance

Let us face it since data breaches are a common occurrence these days. See, you are also vulnerable to identity theft. Dashlane ensures you stay up to date with your online security.

Inbox Scan

Although we can try as much as we can to have safe credentials for our online accounts, there are those moments when we have shared the login credentials via email. That makes you more vulnerable. That changes when you use Dashlane. Dashlane scans all your inbox for these credentials and alerts you to change them ASAP if they match some of your current credentials. And with the one-click password changer, things get even more comfortable.

Dark Web Scan

Dark web scan is another unique feature that you will only find on Dashlane. Wait have you heard of the dark web already? If not, the dark web refers to the part of the internet that requires specific software and configurations to be accessed. The dark web is like the backstreet of the internet and has gained its popularity as the hotbed of criminal activity. Most (if not all) of the data breaches that occur have the details dumped on the dark web for free or even for sale for interested parties. Both Dashlane and LastPass offer a deep web scan, so no need to be worried about that. So, no matter what happens, both Dashlane and LastPass will keep you updated on what is on-going under the hood of the internet.

Autofill

Both services offer password autofill on the web and mobile. Setting up autofill on mobile is pretty easy, and you will be guided on how to grant that access to the app after the initial installation.

Online Username Generation

Although this feature is not much of importance since most people love to create personalized usernames by themselves, LastPass has this functionality built-in. You can also customize your username further by making it easy to say, easy to read or by using both Uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols to create one. Some users may find this feature useful, although, to me, this is not helpful in any way.

Pricing Dashlane VS LastPass

Starting with the pricing. LastPass stands out as the affordable option between the two. LastPass has an individual premium subscription which will set you back by $36 per year.  For family, LastPass offers a $4/month plan that covers up to six users. Business and Enterprise customers also have been catered for with variant subscription plans depending on features available.

LastPass Premium Includes the following features;

  • Emergency access
  • One-to-many sharing
  • Advanced multi-factor options
  • Priority tech support
  • LastPass for Applications
  • 1 GB encrypted file storage
  • Access on all devices
  • One-to-one sharing
  • Save & fill passwords
  • Password generator
  • Secure notes
  • Security challenge
  • Multi-factor authentication

LastPass Business Plans  include;

Pricing: $4 per user per month, billed annually $48 USD per user

What is included in the Team Plan:

  • Recommended teams of 50 or less
  • A vault for every user
  • Shared folders
  • Standard security policies
  • Basic reporting
  • Zero-knowledge security model

Enterprise Plan

Pricing: $6 per user per month, billed annually $72 USD per user

What is included:

  • Secure every access point
  • Integrated SSO and password manager
  • 1,200+ pre-integrated SSO apps
  • 100+ customizable policies
  • Centralized Admin dashboard
  • Flexible integrations
  • In-depth reporting
  • Zero-knowledge security model
Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)
LastPass Desktop @lastpassofficial

MFA

$3/user /month, billed annually $36 USD per user

What is included:

  • Intelligent authentication, without the complexity.
  • Adaptive authentication
  • Biometric authentication factors
  • Contextual authentication policies
  • Centralized, granular control
  • Flexible integrations
  • In-depth reporting

Identity

Pricing: $8/user /month, billed $96 USD annually per user

  • Enterprise & MFA in one solution
  • Integrated SSO and password manager
  • 1,200+ pre-integrated SSO apps
  • Adaptive authentication
  • Biometric authentication factors
  • Contextual authentication policies
  • In-depth reporting
  • Zero-knowledge security model

On the other hand, Dashlane’s premium subscription plans start at $3.33 per month, billed annually which totals $39.96 per year. Additionally, Dashlane also has other pricing plans including a Premium Plus subscription (price not disclosed openly) and a business-curated plan which starts at $4.00 per month billed annually.

Dashlane Premium Plan includes the following:

  • Unlimited password storage
  • Cross-device syncing
  • U2F with YubiKey support, 2FA
  • Unlimited password sharing
  • Dark Web Monitoring with personalized alerts
  • VPN for WiFi protection
  • Secure file storage
  • Remote account access
  • Priority support

Free Plans

Both Dashlane and LastPass offer free plans aside from their subscription models. For the free version, LastPass offers the following functionalities;

  • Access on all devices
  • One-to-one sharing
  • Save & fill passwords
  • Password generator
  • Secure notes
  • Security challenge
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • 1-month Free Premium Subscription

On the other hand, Dashlane’s free subscription plan offers the following features;

  • Password storage (Up to 50 accounts)
  • Devices (1 device)
  • Form and payment autofill
  • Security alerts
  • Password Generator
  • Password Changer
  • Password sharing (5 accounts)
  • Two-factor authentication (Standard 2FA)
  • Emergency contact access
  • Secure notes

Verdict: For the free plans every password manager has placed some restrictions on their various features provided. With LastPass, their password sharing is restricted on the free plan while Dashlane has the feature provided. But Dashlane only restricts your password storage up to 50 accounts, so yeah LastPass edges out Dashlane by a bit.

Pros and Cons of LastPass vs Dashlane

Dashlane

Pros

  • Dashlane can automatically change multiple passwords at once
  • Easy-to-understand security assessment of your password strength
  • Has Virtual Private Network (VPN) included
  • Inbox scan
  • Dashlane automatically logs you in
  • Supports multiple platforms including Windows, iOS, macOS, Android
  • Tracks Receipts and Payment Info for Online Shopping

Cons

  • One of the most expensive password managers
  • User interface is not impressive
  • Has tight free tier plan unlike LastPass
  • Confusing Premium pricing
  • Automatic logout sucks

LastPass

Pros

  • Impressive user interface
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Free plan offers much more
  • Supports multiple platforms including Windows Store, Linux, Android and iOS, Chrome OS and Windows Phone
  • Low cost of premium plan
  • Two-factor authentication

Cons

  • No one-click password changer
  • Has experienced data breaches in the past
  • Poor support
Dashlane VS LastPass 2019 (Review & Comparison)
Desktop computer set up @twohabitsdesign

Deciding the best of the two platforms better depends on what you want. Generally, in terms of features, Dashlane offers more features than LastPass. But of course, being on the expensive paid plan ensures you get more. However, if you are not planning to pay for any premium plan between the two password managers then consider using LastPass instead. LastPass free plan offers unlimited password storage, multi-device syncing and multi-factor authentication that lacks in Dashlane’s free plan.

For those with a budget, Dashlane is a great contender here. It offers more features than what is LastPass premium. Let us know in the comments below if you’re incorporating one of these systems in your business.

Check out “1Password VS LastPass: Features and Pricing for another comparison of Lastpass with another great competitor like 1Password. Also check out “Website Builders Compared: Duda VS WordPress (2019)” to see how you can build your website with one of these services. Thank you for reading!

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