Updated August 3, 2016
I know that you have varied sets of priorities when it comes how you use the Internet. Some are all about efficiency. You use Dashlane’s premium or free password manager specifically for its express checkout service and other time-saving features. Some of you may want their passwords and personal data encrypted and stored behind our patented security architecture.
No matter what your specific priorities are, you can adjust your account preferences within Dashlane to meet your needs! Here are five ways to make Dashlane as safe, secure, and convenient as possible.
1. Specify your ‘Automatic logout’ period, so Dashlane logs you out after a period of inactivity.
Dashlane has the ability to automatically log you out of your account after as little as 15 minutes or as long as 10 hours of inactivity (or never, if you’re up for it!), so you can decide when you want to be kicked out of Dashlane. My timer is set to 20 minutes, which works great. If I’m inactive on my computer for more than 20 minutes, chances are I’ve stepped away from it — and I should have logged out beforehand.
2. Choose which information you want Dashlane to require your Master Password to reveal.
You can decide if you want Dashlane to require your Master Password before you:
- See your stored passwords
- See your ID and credit card information
- Fill in your credit card information on a web page
- Show screenshots of your recent purchases
Dashlane’s security architecture makes it so that the only password you have to remember is your master password, so you tend to get really fast and good at typing it in. It may not be any trouble for you to type it in before you do any of the things listed above, but if you’d rather not have to bother with it, you can turn all of those requirements off. So, for example, if you want to be able to make purchases without having to hit a single key, then enable/disable as you please.
3. Decide if you want Dashlane to sync between your devices or stay locally encrypted.
Dashlane lets you decide if you want to sync your information between devices. Synching is a super-convenient and a safe way to keep all your information updated on your desktop, phone, or tablet device. But, if you want to add another layer of security to Dashlane, then we have just the feature for you! Disable sync and your data will stay locally encrypted on your device and will never be transmitted over a network, or stored on our servers. (Though, to be clear, we only ever sync the encrypted data if you opt to sync.)
4. Make it a requirement that Dashlane auto-generate secure passwords.
By the year 2020, we’ll all have to manage an average of 207 online accounts! It’s virtually impossible to remember 207 unique passwords, let alone keep track of them all. This is where Dashlane’s Password Generator swoops in to save the day! Our random password generator creates super-safe passwords for every site. You can select the parameters yourself, or let Dashlane do the hard work for you. Currently, you can use our Password Generator within your favorite browser, on our website, or in our Dashlane iOS and Android apps! I’ll leave it up to you, but I encourage you to customize the default settings and make creating new passwords a no-brainer.
5. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) or a U2F-Enabled YubiKey
Earlier this year, Dashlane became the first password manager in the industry to support the FIDO Alliance‘s Universal Second Factor (U2F) standard for multi-factor authentication! We also announced our partnership with Yubico, the creators of the YubiKey, to provide our users with a simple way to add an extra layer of security and convenience. Instead of hunting for One-Time Passwords (OTP) or Timed One-Time Passwords (TOTP) from a 2FA app, a U2F-enabled YubiKey allows any Dashlane Premium user to authenticate themselves with a simple touch of a button!
Whether or not you highly value online security, you’ve inherently made online security a priority just by using Dashlane’s Password Manager to secure your online data. So you can confidently adjust these your account preferences to fit your need and always know that your data is safe!
If you have any other tips that further customize your Dashlane experience to your liking, share them with me in the comments below!
Update: Images were updated in this post to reflect our new design in Dashlane 4.