Dashlane has just reworked its free and paid plans, and in doing so, potentially puts itself at the top of the free password manager pile. Since the average person has multiple online accounts, a password manager is almost a necessity.
Previously, the company’s free service allowed users to manage up to 50 passwords and share them among five accounts. The company now allows users unlimited password management and sharing, along with a “secure notes” feature, without charging a dime. Other useful features that free accounts have access to include: autofill forms and payments, a 2FA system, and a “password health score” that will point out your lack of creativity and reluctance to use special characters.
The paid features have also been expanded, while the monthly subscription price has remained the same. A subscription to the “friends and family” plan will still set you back $89.88 a year, but for that money you get up to 10 accounts and a host of features. In addition to everything included in the free plan, paid users will receive VPN access, “encrypted file storage,” and a security alert system that alerts them when their data is breached.
If you don’t need a family plan, but prefer a couple of extra features, Dashlane has also announced a new service priced at $2.75 per month. The “Dashlane Advanced” service adds unlimited device access and dark web monitoring for up to five email addresses to the standard list of features.
However, given how solid the free plan seems, paying for anything may be unnecessary. It’s pretty easy to argue that Dashlane is an obvious choice over popular password managers like LastPass, which basically did the opposite of what Dashlane did a few years ago.