With each coming year, we make a list of overwhelming resolutions but tend to skip the part where we map out a feasible strategy to get there. If you want a clean security slate, much like 6-pack abs, it won’t happen overnight. If perfect password health isn’t one of your resolutions, you should reconsider given the recent (and massive) security data breaches. We have a quick, step-by-step guide to getting ALL of your passwords secure and accessible to you in 2018!
1. Get yourself a password manager.
Taking the leap on a password manager is half the battle but if you’ve already downloaded Dashlane, you can skip this step! If you’re new to Dashlane, you can download it for free here.
Once your download is complete, make sure you added our browser extensions during this step. We’ll touch on why this is especially important below.
2. Round up your current passwords and store them in Dashlane.
Overwhelmed at the sound of that? Don’t worry, we’ve made things really easy for you. Since there’s a good chance you have a lot of risky passwords stored in your browsers, let’s import them to Dashlane where they’ll be protected by a Master Password only you will know.
To import your passwords from your browser, open your desktop app, click on the “File” tab, scroll to “Import Passwords” and then select the browser of your choice. You also have the choice to import all or some of your saved passwords from your browser. That’s it!
3. Keep creating stronger passwords for all of your new accounts.
The average number of online accounts we possess is slated to DOUBLE every five years making password managers that much more appealing.
When signing up for a new account, our Password Generator will appear with the option to generate and store a strong, unique password in Dashlane — without ever leaving the sign-up page. It sounds easy because it is!
4. Use our Security Alerts to keep yourself one step ahead of hackers.
Aside from the major data breaches and cyber attacks at Yahoo, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Tumblr, consumers are rarely informed about every cyber attack that could affect one or more of their online accounts.
Luckily, with Dashlane you’ll receive Security Alerts as soon as a data breach or hack puts one or more of your passwords in danger. Better yet, if you’ve reused a compromised password on other accounts, our Security Dashboard will also identify those accounts as compromised.
5. Get in the habit of monitoring password health over time.
Now that your passwords are safely stowed away in Dashlane, you should remember to continue monitoring your password health over time. Because we know your time is valuable, we’ve made doing so pretty effortless.
The Security Dashboard in your desktop app will display your Security Score. This score indicates, on a scale of 0-100, how your password security measures up. Below that, you’ll see a Detailed Password Analysis of your total accounts and how many are protected with weak, reused, old, or compromised passwords.
Safety Level and Password Strength indicate which passwords you should seriously consider changing. With our Password Changer tool, you can generate and replace a weak password on the spot for hundreds of websites, look for the “Auto-replace now” option.
There’s no better time to get started than now! Click here to download Dashlane if you haven’t done so. If you’re already a Dashlane user, take the next step by simply adding your passwords to your password manager. You can also visit our Help Center for more information on how to manually add credentials.