The best new password manager is free
We live in a password-powered world. You need one for everything
nowadays: banking sites, shopping sites, e-mail services, social
networks, Netflix, and on and on.
Needless to say, password management can be a major hassle. If
you follow security experts' advice, you know that you should use a
different password for each and every site and service. And each
one should contain a lengthy mix of letters, numbers, symbols, and
How do create secure passwords? How do you keep track of which
password you created for each site? And you do you work around
typing in all those passwords whenever you sign in?
Dashlane is more than just a password vault, though it
definitely excels in that department. For starters, it will
automatically import and analyze any existing passwords stored in
your browser, informing you which passwords are weak and/or
The software can also generate ultra-secure new passwords for
you to use, and will auto-fill them for you the next time you sign
into any site. In fact, it can save time by automatically logging
you in so you don't have to type passwords at all.
That's a huge time-saver, something I quickly came to find
indispensable. And Dashlane also functions as a secure
information-manager, able to store things like credit-card numbers,
Wi-Fi network passwords, and software registration codes.
Perhaps best of all, Dashlane offers mobile companion apps for
Android and iOS, so you can keep all your important passwords close
However, if you want to sync your Dashlane data across
multiple PCs and/or devices, you'll need to subscribe to Dashlane
Premium, which costs just $19.99 per year. That also gives you
browser-based access to your passwords, along with priority
Whether you stick with the free version or go Premium, I think
you'll love the ease with which Dashlane helps you get your
passwords under control--while at the same time improving your
security. It's my new favorite tool.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.