Dashlane, one of our favourite password managers, just took the wraps off a major update. It includes two-factor authentication via Google Authenticator, a completely overhauled interface for all apps, and a wizard to help new users boost their security.
Two-factor authentication was probably the biggest feature Dashlane was lacking, and the new update rolls it in via Google Authenticator, which you should be using anyway. Now, your Dashlane password vault is equally secure, so someone who wants your passwords has to have both something you know (your master password) and something you own (your mobile phone) to get access.
In addition to two-factor authentication, Dashlane 2.0 also brings a completely overhauled user interface, mostly in the Dashlane desktop apps and browser extensions. The new design puts your overall security posture front and centre every time you open the application, so you can see how many passwords you have that are strong, how many need to be changed, how many are re-used, and if there have been any reported hacks or break-ins. Dashlane will alert you to those breaches and prompt you to change your password.
The browser extensions have also been updated to give you quicker access to your password vault if you need it, and to support two-step or three-step authentication. The Android version has been updated as well to add in-app browsing and automatic login, Android tablet support and a Holo-friendly UI that’s easier to use.
Finally, the new version adds a new user wizard that makes getting started with a password manager as easy and unimposing as possible. One of the biggest reasons people don’t use password managers is the investment in getting started and getting their passwords added, and the wizard brings that barrier down nicely. The app guides you through the setup process, walks you through creating your first passwords, shows you how Dashlane’s form-autofill and smart checkout features work, and immediately prompts you to add important passwords. If you’re not already using it, Dashlane is completely free, and you can grab it at the link below for your platform and browsers. Dashlane Premium is $20 per year, but none of the features we’ve mentioned require Premium to use.