Twitter and Facebook have both been hitting me with the same Dashlane password manager ad for weeks now. So I started thinking, is this really any better than the way that I have been handling my passwords for the past few years? So, I decided to think about it logically and make my decision from my findings.
Dashlane claims maximum security, utilizing Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit encryption with “10,000+ rounds of PBKDF2 salt“. Definitely nothing to sneeze at, to be sure. It does support Windows and OS X, no mention of Linux, and boasts browser-integration, where I have to copy and paste my information (although C&P values are removed from your clipboard after one use). I am still unconvinced which is more secure, C&P or a constant open connection to your browser. So I will not be listing that as a pro or con for either.
I am trying to keep this summary as impartial as I possibly can, so let’s list out the pros and cons of each here:
I rarely mentioned the cloud storage, as it seemed appropriate mainly to the syncing and web access aspects. As far as I am concerned, cloud storage aside, my way of doing things is just as secure. Not to mention more widely accessible and cheaper.