Updated on: February 1, 2023
Dashlane and 1Password are two of the most secure password managers on the market. They both offer excellent password protection, convenient and intuitive interfaces, and a variety of unique features that help them to stand out from the dozens of competing password managers in 2023.
They both come with the essential features for a quality password manager, including:
- AES 256-bit encryption.
- Syncing across mobile and desktop devices.
- Two-factor authentication (2FA).
- Secure password sharing.
- Password auditing.
However, there are also a number of differences between the two. For example, Dashlane has a number of additional features that 1Password lacks, such as a virtual private network (VPN) and live dark web monitoring. On the other hand, 1Password includes a more robust family vault sharing feature, more vault customization options, a travel mode for international travelers, and virtual payment cards for US users. 1Password is also cheaper than Dashlane, and it’s the only password manager on the market that lets you add an unlimited number of users under a single family plan.
Because both are excellent password managers, I decided to compare their basic password manager features, additional protections, ease of use, customer support, and overall value to get a better idea of which one is the best in 2023.
After extensive testing and comparison, I picked a winner — but it wasn’t easy! Both of these products provide excellent security and functionality, and they both offer advantages for different users (which is why they are our top-ranked password managers in 2023). Read on to see my in-depth analysis of each product’s pros and cons, so you can decide for yourself which password manager is right for you in 2023.
Short on time? Here’s the final verdict:
- 🥇 1Password 🥇 — Winner in basic features, plans & pricing, and ease of use. 1Password is my favorite password manager in 2023. It’s secure, it excels at basic password management, it’s very intuitive, and it offers some of the most affordable plans on the market for both individuals and families.
- 🥈 Dashlane 🥈 — Winner in extra features and customer support. Dashlane has great security, includes advanced extra features like a VPN and live dark web monitoring, and offers a wide range of reliable customer support options, all for a good value.
Dashlane vs. 1Password: Security
Dashlane and 1Password both include essential security features such as:
- Zero-knowledge protocols — Meaning even Dashlane and 1Password can’t access your account or see any of your stored information.
- AES 256-bit encryption — All user data is hidden behind unbreakable end-to-end encryption.
- Two-factor authentication (2FA) — Enhanced login security with a second form of verification, such as biometric scanning, temporary one-time passwords (TOTP), or USB security keys.
These features mean that your data is 100% securely encrypted with both Dashlane and 1Password. Plus, neither company has ever been implicated in a data breach or privacy leak. However, there are some minor differences between Dashlane and 1Password’s security architecture.
Dashlane uses advanced encryption technology to protect user data, and it also provides excellent 2FA support for enhanced login protection.
User data is stored in Dashlane’s servers (which enables syncing across devices and browsers), but all of that data is encrypted locally using your master password — which is never stored on Dashlane’s cloud servers. This end-to-end AES 256-bit encryption means that even if your data was stolen or intercepted while going to Dashlane’s servers, a hacker would only receive a string of unbreakable code.
The only way your password vault can get hacked is if someone is able to access or guess your master password (which is why it’s so important that you protect your master password and make it unique and complex).
Dashlane also provides a variety of 2FA methods as another level of login security. With 2FA enabled, you can’t log into your Dashlane vault without both a master password and another unique piece of verification, like biometric scanning or TOTP authentication.
Dashlane supports biometric scanning for Android, iOS, and even Windows and Mac devices. You can also sync Dashlane with a variety of TOTP apps like Google Authenticator, Duo, and Authy.
When setting up 2FA, Dashlane also provides a set of disposable backup codes for you to store somewhere safe outside of your Dashlane account. If you can’t access your second form of 2FA verification (e.g. if you lose the device with your authenticator app), these codes mean you can temporarily bypass it. These codes are unique to your account and can only be used once. Dashlane is one of only a few password managers that allows you to bypass 2FA using a unique code.
1Password’s security architecture makes use of the same AES 256-bit encryption as Dashlane, while providing a few more data sync options for advanced users.
Like Dashlane, 1Password’s user data is encrypted locally using your master password as well as a unique key that is generated on your device. This means that when your data is sent to 1Password’s cloud servers for syncing across devices, it’s already fully encrypted with AES 256-bit encryption.
However, 1Password also provides some cool alternatives to its cloud syncing — users can also choose to sync their devices using Dropbox, iCloud, or even with their own WLAN network. There isn’t much of a reason to use Dropbox or iCloud (1Password’s cloud servers are fast and secure already), but security-oriented users will enjoy the option to sync their data through their home network, which cuts out any possibility of data getting stolen in a data breach attack on 1Password’s servers.
1Password also provides a good variety of 2FA options — you can strengthen your master password using biometric scanning, TOTP apps, or USB keys. 1Password is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS biometric scanners, as well as with Microsoft Authenticator and Authy. 1Password is also compatible with the latest U2F security keys like YubiKey and Titan. However, unlike Dashlane, 1Password doesn’t provide any backup codes, so you’ll need to plan ahead to ensure you’ll still be able to access your account if you lose access to your 2FA method(s).
Winner (Security): It’s a tie!
Both Dashlane and 1Password have excellent security features, making it impossible to pick a winner. They both use AES 256-bit encryption for secure zero-knowledge password syncing, and neither company has ever been victim to a data breach attack. Dashlane supports more TOTP apps than 1Password does, but Dashlane no longer offers support for U2F logins. If you’re looking for a password manager with the most advanced security, then both Dashlane and 1Password are excellent options.
Dashlane vs. 1Password: Basic Features
Dashlane and 1Password both have a great range of basic features and are compatible with the most popular operating systems and a wide range of browsers. Features that both password managers offer include:
- Unlimited password storage.
- Auto-fill for logins and other personal information.
- Auto-save for passwords.
- Password generator.
- Secure notes.
- Multi-device synchronization.
However, there are some important differences that set each product apart.
Dashlane: Basic Features
Dashlane has a web app for desktop users, as well as an Android and iOS app for mobile users. While Dashlane’s decision to discontinue its Windows and Mac apps caused quite a stir, the move to web-only has actually improved Dashlane’s functionality.
Dashlane is really easy to set up. Once you’ve created an account and set your master password, all you have to do is download and install the web extension. Dashlane is then ready for you to store all of your passwords, personal information, and more.
Premium users get unlimited password storage, as well as 1 GB encrypted file storage. Dashlane’s vault is very intuitive to use and allows you to store passwords, secure notes, personal information, payment information, and IDs. Dashlane’s entries are pretty detailed, although there’s no option to customize fields and everything is saved in one main vault. You can also easily import passwords from your web browser or another password manager using a CSV file.
Dashlane’s auto-save and auto-fill functionalities both worked well in my testing. Whenever I navigated to a login page for an account already saved in my password vault, Dashlane would automatically fill in my login information. And whenever I created a new account or tried to log into an account using details Dashlane didn’t recognize, a non-intrusive pop-up would appear in the top corner of my screen asking if I wanted to save or update the account details. Dashlane even offers a zero-click login option, auto-filling password details for saved sites the moment they load — this rapid and convenient feature is a real time saver!
Dashlane’s password generator is also really simple to use. Any time you’re creating a new login, Dashlane will automatically ask if you want to generate a password, and you can do so with one click. You can use the browser extension to adjust the detail of the passwords you generate, and passwords can be 4–40 characters in length, including letters, numbers, and/or symbols.
1Password: Basic Features
1Password has a desktop app for Windows, macOS, Linux, and a mobile app for iOS and Android. 1Password supports most web browsers and even has a command-line tool that lets advanced users integrate 1Password into scripts and workflows.
1Password is just as easy to set up as Dashlane, and it also allows for unlimited password storage and has 1 GB encrypted storage (if you need more storage, Keeper offers 10 GB secure file storage). 1Password’s vault can store everything Dashlane can, including passwords, IDs, credit cards, and addresses. However, one of the biggest advantages of 1Password is that it allows you to create multiple customizable vaults, meaning sorting and organizing your data is easier than ever. 1Password also lets you easily import passwords from browsers and other password managers using CSV files.
1Password’s auto-save function worked well during all my tests — there’s a large pop-up notification that lands in the middle of the screen, so there’s no chance to miss it.
1Password can auto-fill passwords with just a few clicks. 1Password’s icon appears in the text field on log-in pages, and then you can simply click on the account information you want to enter. This isn’t as fast as Dashlane’s automatic log-in, but it’s still pretty convenient.
1Password’s password generator is easy to use and gives many options when generating a password. You can choose between:
- Smart password. Suggests a password that matches a website’s specific requirements.
- Random password. Generates a password using random characters and symbols between 8 and 50 characters.
- Memorable password. Generates an easy-to-remember passphrase.
- Pin code. Generates a pin code between 3 and 10 characters.
I particularly like the smart password generator. It looks at the password requirements of each website and creates a suitable password. I tested it by creating a new Gmail account that requires a password of 8 or more characters with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. The smart password generator fulfilled Gmail’s criteria perfectly.
Winner (Basic Features): 1Password
I like both Dashlane and 1Password’s basic features, but 1Password’s vaults and smart password generator make it the more convenient password manager of the two. That said, I also really like Dashlane’s automatic password filling, which is a huge time saver.
Dashlane vs. 1Password: Extra Features
Dashlane and 1Password both provide some pretty good additional features that increase security and functionality. They both offer:
- Password auditing.
- Password sharing.
- Encrypted file storage.
However, they each offer a number of other additional features that set the two products apart from one another.
Dashlane: Extra Features
Dashlane provides a ton of additional security features, and they’re all very well-designed. Dashlane’s extra features include:
- Password sharing.
- Password vault auditing.
- Dark web monitoring.
Dashlane is the only password manager on the market in 2023 to include a VPN, and it’s a pretty good one! It stops anyone tracking your internet activity by disguising your real IP address behind a virtual IP address. Dashlane’s VPN has unbreakable 256-bit AES encryption, provides a kill switch on Windows and Android, maintains good speeds across all servers, and comes with unlimited data. It’s also a good choice for streaming, but there are better VPNs for watching Netflix (if you’re willing to invest in a standalone VPN, I recommend ExpressVPN). You can also safely torrent with Dashlane’s VPN (something that not all VPNs allow).
Dashlane allows you to easily and securely share passwords and secure notes — all you have to do is click the Share button on the item in question. You then enter the email address of the person you wish to share the password/secure note with and choose the permission level you want them to have:
- Limited rights: The recipient can only use the password — they can’t edit, share, or change who can access it.
- Full rights: The recipient has equal control — they can see, use, edit, and share the password, and they can change and edit its sharing rights.
Dashlane’s password health checker is another useful and easy-to-use feature — it highlights all of the weak passwords saved in your vault, any repeated passwords, and any of your logins that have been leaked in a data breach, so you can easily see if and when you need to change any of your passwords.
Dashlane also provides excellent dark web monitoring — it actively monitors the dark web for any leaked personal information linked to up to 5 of your chosen email addresses, and instantly alerts you of any breaches. Dashlane gives you detailed information on the breach, such as when it happened and what data has been leaked (e.g. emails, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.). Other competitors offer data breach monitoring, but those tools are usually connected to haveibeenpwned’s publicly available database — whereas Dashlane’s dark web monitoring uses a proprietary database and live agents to track the latest data breaches.
1Password: Extra Features
Watchtower, 1Password’s password health checker and data breach monitor, is a useful extra feature that keeps track of potential security issues. It can:
- Monitor your accounts and passwords and alert you to any data breaches.
- Alert you to any weak, reused, or vulnerable passwords.
- Notify you when your credit cards are expiring.
- Warn you if you have logins saved on an unsecured website.
You can also set up Watchtower to automatically alert you if it detects any new data breach or weak password. This vault health tool is very easy to use and pretty effective. However, it uses the haveibeenpwned.com website to automatically cross check for potential breaches against all the passwords saved in your vault — rather than using a proprietary database and live agents to scan the dark web for any breached data linked to your emails, like Dashlane does.
1Password also includes a virtual card feature — users can create virtual cards with new credentials that are linked to their actual credit card to disguise and protect their card details when shopping online. However, this feature is currently only offered to US customers.
1Password also allows you to safely share passwords with other users. You can share individual passwords and other items simply by clicking “Share”, entering the recipient’s email address, and choosing how long you want to share it for — items can even be shared with people without a 1Password account, similar to Sticky Password and Password Boss.
1Password’s Families plan has a particularly useful sharing feature: the ability to share entire password vaults with your family members. You simply drag and drop the accounts you want to share into a shared vault, invite your family members to that vault via email, and choose the permission levels for all members — i.e. whether they can only use the passwords, or edit them too.
1Password’s Travel Mode is another great feature — it lets you hide certain password vaults when you cross borders. This means your most sensitive data is protected from any unwarranted searches, including from border officials, while you are traveling. Simply turn on Travel Mode before your trip, and only your vaults marked as “Safe” for travel will be visible within your 1Password account for as long as you have this feature activated. There’s no indication that travel mode is running, so anybody looking through your devices will never know there is other, hidden, information in your account. On 1Password’s business plan, the account administrator can also control the Travel Mode centrally — meaning they can restrict access to sensitive information on shared accounts as soon as users leave the office.
Winner (Extra Features): Dashlane
Both Dashlane and 1Password offer excellent extra features, but Dashlane’s VPN and comprehensive dark web monitoring are slightly more useful than 1Password’s additional features. That said, I really like 1Password’s Travel Mode, and I think its sharing features are also excellent. What’s more, 1Password’s data breach monitoring and password security are better than a lot of other password managers, and it’s also one of the only brands on the market that lets you share passwords with anyone (not just with other 1Password users).
Dashlane vs. 1Password: Plans & Pricing
Both Dashlane and 1Password come packed with features and have reasonably priced plans. Dashlane also has a free plan, but it comes with a lot of limitations (though it’s still one of the best free password manager on the market). 1Password has no free plan, but its paid plans are cheaper than Dashlane’s.
Both brands are somewhat pricey when compared to lower-cost password managers like RoboForm and StickyPassword. However, Dashlane and 1Password do offer a lot more in terms of extra features and functionality, making them a great value for the money.
Dashlane: Plans & Pricing
Dashlane has 4 personal plans: Free, Advanced, Premium, and Friends & Family.
Dashlane Free comes with more features than most free password managers, including:
- Unlimited password storage.
- 1 device limit.
- Auto-save and auto-fill.
- Password generator.
- Password sharing (up to 5 accounts).
- Biometrics and TOTP 2FA.
- Password security check.
- Data breach alerts.
- 1 GB of file storage in secure notes.
- Emergency access.
- Free 30-day trial of Premium.
Dashlane Advanced ($2.75 / month) has all the same features as Dashlane Free, along with multi device sync and dark web monitoring.
Dashlane Advanced and Premium can be used on 1 user account, while Dashlane Friends & Family includes licenses for up to 10 Dashlane accounts, as well as a bare-bones dashboard where you can add or remove users to your plan.
Dashlane offers a 30-day free trial, plus all of Dashlane’s plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
1Password: Plans & Pricing
1Password only has 2 personal plans: Personal and Families. 1Password doesn’t have a free plan.
1Password Personal ($2.99 / month) includes:
- Unlimited password storage.
- Syncing across unlimited devices.
- Support for Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, Linux, and Chrome OS.
- 1 GB secure file storage.
- Travel mode.
- Two-factor authentication (2FA).
- Secure password sharing.
1Password Families ($4.99 / month) includes all of the above, plus:
- Coverage for 5 users.
- Shared vaults between family members.
- Support for 5 guest accounts.
- Permission controls.
- Family account recovery.
One of my favorite things about 1Password’s Families plan is that you can add additional users (beyond the initial 5) for a small additional fee each — with Dashlane, there’s no option for adding more than the maximum 6 users to your plan (1Passwords is the only password manager that allows you to add as many users as you need to the family plan, which is why it’s my favorite option for families).
All 1Password plans include a 14-day free trial.
Winner (Plans & Pricing): 1Password
Dashlane has a decent free plan and comes with a 30-day free trial and 30-day money-back guarantee, but 1Password is cheaper than Dashlane’s Premium plan, it has a 14-day free trial, and it’s the only password manager that lets you add additional users to the family plan.
Dashlane vs.1Password: Ease of Use
Both 1Password and Dashlane have very intuitive interfaces and easy-to-use features, but Dashlane has a bit more of a learning curve when first getting started.
Dashlane: Ease of Use
Dashlane is pretty easy to use, but there’s an initial learning curve. New users may find it a bit challenging to figure out what all of its features do, but once you figure out how to use all of the tools, navigating becomes easy and you can access most features in a single click.
Importing passwords is easy (but not as easy as LastPass, which offers many direct-syncing options), as is adding new entries. The auto-fill and auto-save functions work seamlessly, and the password generator pops up automatically when needed.
Dashlane also has excellent apps for Android and iOS — they’re well-designed, easy to set up and use, and include most of Dashlane’s useful features.
Overall, Dashlane is an excellent choice for ease of use. There’s an initial learning curve, but its features are all very intuitive to use once you know what they do and where they are (and most require little or no effort to set up).
1Password: Ease of Use
I had a really easy time setting up 1Password. It took very little time to download, and once I’d set a master password, I was automatically given a security key and Emergency Kit (a .PDF file with all the information needed to access my 1Password account in an emergency) for safe offline storage. However, I would prefer more account recovery options, like the ones offered by LastPass, rather than a single PDF that could be easily lost or stolen if not stored securely.
Not all of 1Password’s features are accessible from the web app or browser extensions, but the majority are, and 1Password’s desktop app contains all of its features, which is pretty convenient.
Like Dashlane, 1Password also has really good mobile apps — both the Android and iOS app are very intuitive, and all of the features worked exactly as promised during all of my tests (which is why 1Password is ranked as the #1 password manager for Android and iOS).
Importing passwords from other password managers or browsers is very quick and straightforward, and I really like how 1Password makes it so easy to organize all of your passwords — you can create customized vaults with categories and tags, which makes it super easy to sort and find specific logins. And if you have 1Password Families, you can easily control who has access to which vaults.
Overall, 1Password is very intuitive and quick to navigate. Beginner users won’t struggle with accessing or using any of its features, and it’s really easy to categorize passwords for quick access and navigation.
Winner (Ease of Use): 1Password
Once you’ve set up both Dashlane and 1Password, they’re both very easy to use and navigate. But Dashlane offers more features and has an initial learning curve. Overall, 1Password is a little bit easier to use, especially for beginners.
Dashlane vs. 1Password: Customer Support
Dashlane and 1Password both provide email support as well as comprehensive online knowledge bases, which include FAQs, blog articles, and tutorials. Dashlane also has a live chat function, which 1Password doesn’t. Neither company offers phone support, although this isn’t unusual for a password manager.
Dashlane: Customer Support
Dashlane’s customer support is excellent. It has an in-depth knowledge base with step-by-step tutorials that make it very easy to troubleshoot problems.
Dashlane offers both email and live chat support in English, French, and German. English email support is handled 7 days a week, with the other languages being handled during standard business hours only.
The live chat isn’t available 24/7; it only operates during US East Coast business hours, but it took me less than a minute to connect with a live chat support agent, every time.
There’s also a really active community on Reddit. While Dashlane doesn’t have official support forums, like the one set up by 1Password, the developers often comment on Reddit threads, so you can easily find help within a few hours.
Overall, I was really happy with Dashlane’s support options. Though email support can sometimes be slow, the other support channels more than make up for this. Honestly, I don’t think you ever need to use Dashlane’s email support. The live chat and comprehensive knowledge base provide all the help you’re likely to need.
1Password: Customer Support
1Password has a wide range of support options, but there’s no live chat or phone support. You can choose from email support, a knowledge base, Twitter, or a support forum.
When I emailed support, I received a response in around 3 hours, which is better than Dashlane’s email support. Posting on the support forum and Twitter took me about the same amount of time, and all of 1Password’s representatives were helpful and knowledgeable.
I was really impressed with 1Password’s knowledge base, which is on par with Keeper’s detailed user guides. It’s filled with informative and useful guides on all of 1Password features, and it includes a regularly updated YouTube channel with videos on how to use 1Password’s different features.
It’s a shame there is no immediate support option such as live chat, but overall 1Password’s customer service is pretty good. It never took me long to find the answers to my questions.
Winner (Customer Support): Dashlane
1Password’s email support is really quick, and its knowledge base is informative, but it’s not quite the same as having live chat support. I tested Dashlane’s live chat multiple times, and I was able to get quick and comprehensive answers within minutes, every time. Dashlane also provides an excellent online knowledge base and maintains an active presence on Reddit for users with technical questions.
Dashlane vs. 1Password: Overall Winner
Dashlane provides comprehensive password security, convenient and accurate auto-filling, an intuitive interface, and unique extra features — all for an excellent value. Dashlane’s VPN and live dark web monitoring are particularly useful and valuable features that really mark Dashlane as a standout password manager.
1Password also provides powerful password protection, time-saving auto-filling features, a user-friendly interface, some really good additional features, and cheaper plans than Dashlane. 1Password is really good for both advanced and new users, and it’s my favorite option for families (it’s the only brand that lets you add as many users as you want under a single family plan). I like its Watchtower feature for password auditing, the family vault sharing tool is really convenient, and its vault customization makes it easy to keep your passwords organized — all of which allows for an effortless and reliable password manager experience.
Overall Winner: 1Password
Comparison of Dashlane & 1Password
|Password manager||Starting price||Free version||Free trial||Money-back guarantee||Standout features|
|🥇1Password||$2.99 / month||❌||14 days||❌||Password auditing, Travel Mode, virtual cards|
|🥈Dashlane||$2.00 / month||✅||30 days||30 days||VPN, dark web monitoring|
Frequently Asked Questions — Dashlane vs. 1Password
Is Dashlane better than 1Password?
Both Dashlane and 1Password are excellent password managers, and whichever one you choose, you can’t really go wrong. However, in our detailed comparison, 1Password ended up as the winner.
Do Dashlane and 1Password have free plans?
Dashlane offers a free version of its password manager, which is very secure and feature-rich, but it lacks many extras offered in the premium version and limits you to 1 device. Dashlane also offers a 30-day free trial, and all of its plans come with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
1Password doesn’t have a free plan, but it does have a 14-day free trial, which gives you enough time to test it out and see if it’s right for you. 1Password doesn’t have a money-back guarantee.
Which one is safer: Dashlane or 1Password?
That said, 1Passwords excels at basic password management, whereas Dashlane offers better extra features. While I slightly prefer 1Password, you really can’t go wrong with either password manager (they’re both among the best password managers on the market).
Do Dashlane and 1Password work on Linux?
Yes, both Dashlane and 1Password work on Linux.
1Password has a pretty good Linux app, as well as excellent browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Brave.
Dashlane is a fully web-based password manager with browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, Brave, and Opera.