Here’s the story of an app that every Mac user connected to the internet probably needs. A username and password manager. This one is free but leads you into that new online trend that everyone is raving about (except customers). Software rentals.
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As a bona fide, card carrying red, white, and blue American capitalist boy, I’m in favor of profits. How the profits arrive is all that bothers me.
Apple charges a premium for their products, but offers in return a premium experience, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Mac users have a few dozen username and password manager apps to choose from and Dashlane is one that’s been around awhile and it’s free. Almost.
Dashlane also acts as a secure digital wallet and not only tracks passwords, but credit cards, ID information, bank accounts and more.
The option to automatically fill in online forms can save you plenty of time each year, so there’s nothing wrong with the free in Dashlane.
When you hit a website or online store than needs login or payment information, Dashlane rescues you with a click.
Dashlane encrypts and stores passwords on your Mac using military grade AES-256 encryption. The Security Dashboard feature analyzes your passwords for strength and generates new passwords.
If an account is compromised by a hacker you get a security breach alert (not sure how that’s done, though). One very neat feature is the option to securely share a password with a self-destructing, encrypted message.
I don’t know of another Mac app that does that.
Form filling is the cat’s meow with Dashlane and even complex forms can be filled in automatically, which makes it easier to pay or buy something online, and not leave your credit card information with the site.
All this is well and good and free, which makes Dashlane a bargain. Here’s the problem. I have an iPhone and iPad, too, and I want to keep important information synchronized between devices, so there’s a free Dashline app for iPhone (not iPad), but keeping data synchronized between devices requires Dashlane Premium and that’s $19.99 a year.
A year. As in $199.99 for the next 10 years. Suddenly, Dashlane isn’t so free.