Your password health is the key to understanding and protecting your digital identity. In the password health and identity dashboard sections of our app, you’ll find your personal Password Health Score, which is determined by how many compromised, reused, or weak passwords you have. Your score indicates how protected your accounts are and how vulnerable you are to a potential breach. Understanding your Password Health Score and how to improve it allows you to control and protect the accounts and personal information that make up your digital identity.
Cybercriminals take advantage of people with poor password health to gain access to sensitive personal and payment information. The best way to prevent these online attacks and ensure that only you have access to your private data is to create complex, unique passwords for each account, and to change passwords that are compromised in a breach or hack immediately. Trying to do this manually is a complicated feat, but Dashlane provides you with insights and tools to easily improve your Password Health Score and secure your digital identity.
Intelligently improve your passwords and secure your digital identity
Within the password health section you’ll see which passwords need to be updated immediately and find tools to instantly improve your Password Health Score. Your Password Health Score is determined by our unique security algorithm and tells you how secure your passwords really are.
Not all passwords are created equal
When any of your accounts are deemed at risk, Dashlane identifies which critical accounts you should secure first. These critical accounts—like those for banking, email, and social media—are most likely to be targeted by cybercriminals, and should always be your top priority. Your Password Health Score will increase by updating any of your weak, reused, or compromised passwords, but will be most affected by the status of the passwords that protect your critical accounts. So be sure to change those first.
Outsmart cybercriminals by eliminating password reuse
Cybercriminals buy and sell leaked personal data and passwords on the dark web. With advances in password cracking software, cybercriminals are not only able to use your username and password combinations across the web, they can attempt to hack your other accounts by using combinations of similar passwords. So the next time you say “I don’t reuse passwords!” but really your passwords are just: Metallica82, Metallica1982, and Metallica1982!, remember that software can easily identify those similar passwords. To keep you one step ahead of these potential threats, our algorithm also identifies similar passwords and prompts you to change them immediately.
- If any passwords are similar, they will be grouped together under the ‘Reused’ tab in the password health section of your app.
- If a password becomes compromised, and you reuse similar passwords for other accounts, those too will be grouped together with the compromised password under the ‘Compromised’ tab in your password health screen.
Your Password Health Score, explained
Our Password Health Score algorithm works silently in the background to bring insights to the foreground, but understanding exactly how our algorithm evaluates your passwords can help you improve your password health and prevent future password offenses.
Compromised: A compromised password is one that is connected to a service or product that was recently breached, thus rendering your password (no matter how strong) useless. Passwords that are compromised in a breach should be changed immediately and never used again.
Reused: A reused password is one that is the same, or similar to, a password from a different account. Reusing passwords is a bad habit, because if one account gets breached, all of your accounts with that reused password become vulnerable as well. You should always generate unique, complex passwords for all of your accounts.
Weak: A weak password is one that is easily guessable (i.e. some combination of your name, address, date of birth, sports team, pet name, etc.) or simple (e.g. ‘12345’ or ‘password’). These passwords are easily cracked with software, and oftentimes land on ‘most popular password’ lists.
Excluded: An excluded password is one that you have told the algorithm to ignore. This could be a password that has been shared with you (i.e. that you don’t control), or it could be the password to a physical thing (e.g. your iPhone passcode or your WiFi) that you decided to store in your vault. Either way, once you exclude a password, it will no longer be counted against your Password Health Score and will remain under the ‘Excluded’ tab until instructed otherwise.
Pro Tip: the simplest way to avoid having passwords fall under any of these categories is to generate unique, complex passwords for each of your accounts using the Password Generator built into our apps, our extension, and our website.
Now that you understand the power of your Password Health Score, you’re ready to start strengthening your accounts and protecting your digital identity.
This feature is included in all Dashlane plans.