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Should you use a password manager? Here’s what to know about your options.

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by the Dashlane Team

Everyone online has some password system, whether it’s writing them on a regular old piece of paper, using variations of the same phrase, or saving them to a browser. And it may be that whatever you’re doing is working fairly well for you. Even if you know it’s not the most secure solution and sometimes have to reset a few forgotten passwords, changing online habits is not always top-of-mind.

But the truth is there are very tangible reasons password managers like Dashlane are becoming increasingly popular. Why is it that people everywhere are beginning to adopt password managers?

It really comes down to using a tool built for the job. Think of it this way. You could use Microsoft Paint for a project that required Photoshop but the results would be less than optimal. A shovel in place of a rake would definitely move some leaves around but it would make your life pretty difficult in the process.

Let’s explore why using password managers, like Dashlane, versus other internet options makes all the difference.

  • Using Login with Facebook and other social logins puts your data at risk. Password managers are the most secure option.
  • Built-in browser storage doesn’t work everywhere. Password managers are the only universal solution.
  • Spreadsheets and Post-its are tedious to keep track of and make sharing accounts complicated. Password managers are the best way to securely share passwords.

Hands down the most secure option

When you log in with Facebook and other single sign-on solutions from companies like LinkedIn and Twitter, you’re sacrificing security for convenience. The issue here is relying on just one solitary password to protect huge swathes of your data. Convenient perhaps, but far less secure. If your login details are compromised, hackers could access all the apps and websites you’ve connected in this way.

Social logins also add to the fog surrounding who, exactly, can access key biographical details from your social accounts. A 2018 Princeton study looked at how third-party tracking scripts are able to grab information from Facebook’s login API without the user knowing. The specific tracking script was found on 434 of the internet’s top million websites.

How is Dashlane different? Dashlane is designed to keep each of our users’ accounts separate. Each account is individually encrypted using a Master Password known only to the user. So, in the highly unlikely event that someone broke into Dashlane’s server and an account was compromised, all others would remain safe.

The endless stream of security breaches in the news illustrate why it’s imperative to use unique, strong passwords for your accounts and update these regularly. Dashlane’s Password Health Score shows you how secure your passwords really are at any given moment and tells you exactly which accounts need to be strengthened.

Password management is not about saving a couple of passwords so that you don’t have to type them anymore. It’s about taking control of your online life with a clear and accurate view of all your accounts. Not only are all your accounts stored in one secure location, but Dashlane constantly monitors the web to find security breaches, providing instant notifications when any of your accounts are affected.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Monitoring and improving your security is not the goal of browsers and social media companies, but it’s a critical element of Dashlane’s product.

The only universal solution

Most people believe that their passwords are saved in Apple Keychain or Chrome, so why bother with a password manager?

Many people save passwords in Chrome without even thinking about it. As you browse, a popup appears asking if you’d like to save a password, and depending on your mood, you click yes or no. Then, as you use the internet, sometimes your password is stored.

The problem arises when you try to log into an account on your iPhone where you’re browsing the internet on Safari. Now your Chrome-saved passwords are unavailable. Perhaps a different set of passwords are even saved in Keychain! You might even reset a password when you can’t access a particular account, and now your password saved in Chrome is out of date. Pffft.

You can quickly see how a tool that only works part time can create more problems than it solves. You might love using Chrome at home, but if your work network only permits Internet Explorer or Firefox, then you’re out of luck. Or what if you just want to log in on a friend’s computer to quickly check your email? This shouldn’t be so difficult.

Dashlane users can easily access all their passwords across platforms, whether on their PC at work, their Mac at home, or their Android or iPhone. Dashlane operates on all devices and browsers, so your passwords travel with you wherever you go. No silos. No duplicates. Just one solution that works everywhere.

THE BOTTOM LINE: In today’s world, where the overwhelming majority of people operate multiple devices in different ecosystems, a true password solution must be able to work everywhere.

Securely share passwords

Most of us are sharing more and more accounts these days, like FedEx or Dropbox at work, or Netflix and Spotify at home. If you’re saving all your passwords in a spreadsheet or in a Word doc you’ve got no easy, secure way to give other people access to specific passwords. You know you’re not supposed to share passwords via email or text, but if you can’t verbally communicate the password, how do you share account access safely?

With Dashlane, you can share a password, monitor it, and of course revoke access if needed. This ability ensures that you are always in full control of your online account.

THE BOTTOM LINE: There are no solutions addressing how to securely and easily share account access other than password managers.

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