You might already have heard of Dashlane as one of the most robust password managers on the market today. The free desktop and mobile apps store your passwords so that they can be auto filled on any site you visit. All the data stored by Dashlane is encrypted under a master password that you set. This master password is stored locally and Dashlane has no knowledge of it, making their service doubly secure. Furthermore, Dashlane will not sell or reuse your data for any purpose, so it offers an additional level of security not found in browsers or other password managers.
Beyond being a safe and secure way to store and even auto-update your passwords, Dashlane also has a few other unique features both in its free and premium services that are worth noting.
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Dashlane can be used as a secure vault in which to store a host of information. From the main dashboard screen, you’ll see a section titled WALLET. Beneath this header, there are options for “Personal Info,” “Payments,” “IDs” and receipts. By clicking on the relevant category and inputting the requested data, you can start to build a digital version of your most important documents including passports, drivers licenses or tax information. Not only will Dashlane store all of this information in its double-blind encryption system, but you can also set it to update you six months before many of the documents expire.
Dashlane also offers a “Secure Notes” option where you can input freeform items such as your WiFi password, home alarm code, PIN numbers, license plate numbers and more.
If you choose to upgrade to the Premium version of Dashlane, you will also be able to use the software to securely store documents and images. How handy would it be to always have your driver’s license or passport images in your phone – protected by a password only you know? This means in the event that you lose important papers from damage or theft, you’ll always have a secure copy to fall back on.
Receipts and more
Under the “Receipts” category, you’ll find a collection of your receipts from your online purchases. You can also use this section of the software to add in receipts you’d like to store.
The final category in Dashlane’s main window is entitled CONTACTS. Here’s where you can input your emergency contact, someone who would be able to access your password data in case something happens to you. You can also use the “Sharing Center” to send encrypted information such as passwords or documents to individuals you choose via email. Your recipient will receive a link in the email that leads them to the Dashlane site. After setting up their own free account, he will be able to access the data you’ve chosen to share.