Try This Automatic Password Changer
Security experts have “best practices” for passwords that can be cumbersome. They recommend you make your passwords long and obscure; never write them down where they can be stolen; and update them regularly. Unfortunately, all of that is so difficult that it seldom gets done. The key to password security is to make is easy. Read on to learn how you can strengthen and change all your most important passwords in just a few seconds...
Password Changer is a Game Changer
Software such as RoboForm and LastPass simplify password management by storing many passwords in an encrypted “vault” and filling them in automatically when they are requested on websites. They all will generate long, complex passwords on demand. You just have to remember one master password to unlock the vault and set a reminder to change passwords monthly.
Password managers have evolved additional features such as auto-filling forms, backing up data and passwords to the cloud, syncing passwords across devices, adding support for two-factor authentication, importing bookmarks and competitors’ password file formats, and so on. Like other security software, password managers are locked in an ever-escalating features war.
Dashlane does all of the above, including two-factor authentication. If you enable two-factor authentication, Dashlane will text to your phone a code that you must enter manually before your master password will unlock Dashlane’s vault.
It also does a great job of minimizing keystrokes, the second most important function of a password manager. For example, when you want to log in to Facebook you don’t have to choose a profile from a drop-down list, as you do in some other programs. Dashlane recognizes the Facebook log-in screen, fills in your username and password, and even “clicks” the log-in button for you. The log-in screen flashes by so fast you may miss it if you blink.
Dashlane has a “security dashboard” where you can review all of your passwords. It highlights weak, reused, or compromised passwords that put you at risk, nudging you to strengthen your defenses.
Automated Password Changing
But the more interesting news about Dashlane is the Password Changer, which lets you update all (or at least most) of your passwords with a single click. Dashlane automatically selects all compatible logins to be changed. You can change them all at once, or select only some logins. Dashlane will generate new passwords, then automatically login and change your passwords on the selected sites in just seconds.
This is pretty awesome in light of the fact that security vulnerabilities and data breaches are happening at an alarming pace. The best course of action when these things happen is to change all your passwords. Doing it manually is a huge nuisance. Clicking a button to make it happen is (almost) fun.
Password Changer is a paid Dashlane feature, available in the Dashlane web app, Safari app, and on iOS and Android. The Dashlane Premium plans costs $60/year. In the past, this feature was criticized by some, because it relied on the Dashlane server to change passwords. After an update in March 2021, the Password Changer does all of that work locally on your device, eliminating the potential security exposure. (Dashlane users with a free account are limited to one device and up to 50 passwords.)
Lastpass, a Dashlane competitor, also has a password changer feature. However, the Lastpass Auto-Change Password facility lacks the automation offered by the Dashlane password changer. You'll need to select a site, do the password change, select the next site, and so on. But still, it's a time saver over logging into each site and navigating to the password change page. I'll admit that not having this feature in Roboform has made me dread the task of updating some of my own passwords on a regular basis.
Dashlane also acts as a digital wallet, storing your credit card and even Paypal data securely and filling in their details wherever needed. If you have multiple versions of a profile (e. g., different shipping addresses you’ve used on Newegg.com), Dashlane stores them all and lets you pick one from a drop-down menu.
Dashlane is a fine option for a password manager and digital wallet. I've been using the paid version of Roboform for years, so I'll be considering a change when my next renewal comes due. (Full disclosure: I have no relationship with Dashlane, Roboform, or Lastpass.) Have you tried Dashlane's automatic password changer?
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 24 Feb 2022
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