Updated on: January 1, 2023
Short on Time? Here’s the Final Verdict:
- 🥇 Dashlane 🥇 — Winner in Security, Extra Features, Plans & Pricing, and Customer Support. Dashlane has high-security practices, live dark web monitoring, unlimited password sharing, and a surprisingly good VPN. It’s a great value, and it comes with a 30-day free trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Out of 52 password managers, Dashlane and LastPass consistently rank in the top 5 on our top 10 list. Both are secure, easy to use, and include an impressive range of features — you can’t go wrong with either one.
Both Dashlane and LastPass have all the features I expect to see in a premium password manager in 2023, including 256-bit AES encryption, password generation, auto-save and auto-fill, and two-factor authentication (2FA). They also both offer secure password sharing and intuitive mobile apps.
However, Dashlane and LastPass differ in some key areas. Dashlane has more high-security tools, including the most advanced dark web monitoring system available. Dashlane is also the only password manager to provide a virtual private network (VPN) — and it’s surprisingly good. On the other hand, LastPass is slightly better at auto-filling web forms, has more account recovery options, is a bit easier to use, and provides more helpful in-app tutorials.
Since LastPass announced it was changing its free plan, Dashlane has emerged as one of the best LastPass alternatives in 2023. So I decided to do a full comparison of Dashlane and LastPass — testing each one’s password management features, additional tools, ease of use, plans, pricing, and customer support.
After weeks of testing, researching, and comparing, I settled on a winner — in my opinion, Dashlane is better than LastPass in many ways. But it was a tough decision, as LastPass is also an excellent product, and it may be a better fit for some users.
Comparison of Dashlane & LastPass
|Starting price||$2.00 / month||$3.00 / month|
|Free version||Unlimited passwords, 1 device, unlimited password sharing||Unlimited passwords, unlimited mobile or desktop devices (not both), one-to-one password sharing|
|Free trial||30 days||30 days|
|Money-back guarantee||30 days||❌|
|Operating systems||Windows, Android, Mac, iOS, Linux||Windows, Android, Mac, iOS, Linux|
|Browser extensions||Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, Edge, Brave||Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, Edge|
|Encryption||256-bit AES||256-bit AES|
|Password sharing||Unlimited sharing with unlimited Dashlane users||Unlimited sharing with up to 30 LastPass users|
|Customer support||Live chat, email, knowledge base, Twitter, Reddit||Email support (premium users only), knowledge base, user forum, Twitter|
|Standout features||VPN, dark web monitoring||Account recovery options, credit monitoring (US only), country restrictions|
Dashlane vs. LastPass: Security
Both Dashlane and LastPass are incredibly secure password managers and offer the following security features:
- 256-bit AES encryption — all of your data is encrypted on the device level with military-grade encryption.
- Zero-knowledge protocol — because your data is only encrypted locally on your devices, neither Dashlane’s nor LastPass’s staff can access your password vault.
- Two-factor authentication (2FA) — use a temporary one-time password or biometric scan along with your master password to strengthen your password vault.
Everything stored on Dashlane’s servers is protected with 256-bit AES encryption. Once you create your master password, Dashlane encrypts all of your data by using your master password in a process called “hashing” — your master password becomes the “key” to decrypting the data on your devices.
Since your master password is stored only on your device, nobody else can decrypt your data — not even Dashlane employees. Dashlane has never had a security breach, but even if it did get compromised, nothing would happen to your data, as all of the user data on Dashlane’s servers is heavily encrypted.
Dashlane provides a good range of 2FA options:
- Authenticator apps — mobile-based apps, like Google Authenticator, Authy, etc.
- Backup codes — you can use these codes to access your password vault in case you lose the device with the authenticator app installed.
- Biometric scanning — Touch ID and Face ID on supported devices.
All of Dashlane’s 2FA options work really well, but I’m a bit disappointed that the company no longer offers USB security keys (Dashlane offered U2F support prior to switching to a web-based app). While LastPass is also a web-based password manager, it still offers 2FA with USB tokens.
Dashlane also has a TOTP (time-based one-time password) generator that you can use as an additional layer of protection for 2FA-compatible websites (like your Google account).
Like Dashlane, LastPass stores user data on its servers, which enables easy syncing between apps, browsers, and devices. It also encrypts user data at the device level with end-to-end 256-bit AES encryption. And because your email and master password are used to decrypt your data, hackers wouldn’t be able to access your passwords even if LastPass’s servers get hacked.
LastPass has the following 2FA options:
- Authenticator apps — Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, Duo Security.
- USB security key (Premium only) — compatibility with YubiKey for desktop devices.
- Biometric authentication (Premium only) — face and fingerprint authentication on supported devices.
LastPass also has a built-in TOTP authenticator for enhancing the security of your 2FA-compatible online accounts.
Unfortunately, LastPass has suffered from security vulnerabilities and data breaches in the past. In 2019, it was discovered that the LastPass software had a significant security flaw that could enable hackers to get a hold of user passwords, but the issue was quickly fixed. LastPass’s online servers were also breached in 2015, but due to LastPass’s zero-knowledge architecture, no user passwords were stolen in the data breach (the hackers only stole encrypted and unbreakably scrambled data).
All that said, LastPass has been completely transparent about its security issues, and it has issued credible data about the extensive efforts its team has undergone to patch up any holes in its security.
Winner (Security): Dashlane
Dashlane and LastPass provide nearly identical security features — including end-to-end encryption and zero-knowledge architecture. Both password managers also offer a wide range of 2FA options, but Dashlane no longer offers support for USB authentication. Dashlane has never been hacked, while LastPass has had a couple of security issues over the years (although no user passwords were leaked). So LastPass’s past security vulnerabilities give Dashlane the slight edge.
Dashlane vs. LastPass: Basic Features
Both Dashlane and LastPass are excellent at basic password management. They both work with the most popular operating systems and browsers, and they both have essential features, such as:
- Unlimited password storage.
- Multi-device synchronization.
- Auto-save and auto-fill.
- Password generator.
- Credit card storage.
- Personal information storage.
- Secure notes.
Dashlane: Basic Features
Dashlane offers a web app, browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, and any other Chromium-based browser, and a mobile app for both Android and iOS. It lets you import your existing password vault from a wide range of browsers and password managers — including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, 1Password, RoboForm, LastPass, KeePass, and PasswordWallet.
During my tests, Dashlane’s auto-save and auto-fill features worked great. Every time I created a new login, Dashlane would automatically ask to save my credentials. And whenever I navigated to a login field, Dashlane automatically logged me into my account. You can choose login credentials to auto-fill either automatically or with a single click on the Dashlane icon in the login field. In addition to passwords, Dashlane lets you save personal data (addresses, phone numbers, etc.), credit cards, bank accounts, IDs (passport, driver’s license, etc.), and secure notes (Wi-Fi password, legal documents, etc.).
Dashlane’s password generator is pretty basic, but it works well. You can create a password between 4-40 characters, including numbers, letters, symbols, and similar characters (for example, Z and 2). Unfortunately, Dashlane doesn’t generate passphrases like “power-tree-falling-stretch”, which some experts claim are more secure than random passwords. That said, coming up with your own passphrase isn’t difficult — you can just pick 4 random words, put hyphens between them, and add the password to your vault with a few clicks.
LastPass: Basic Features
LastPass’s desktop app is available on Windows and Mac. Browser extensions are available on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, and Opera, and there’s a mobile app for Android and iOS. There’s also support for Linux, but it’s not desktop-based like Windows and Mac. LastPass is primarily a web-based application, so you may realize you don’t even need the desktop application (because the web-based version has all the same features).
I was really impressed with LastPass’s auto-save and auto-fill functions. In my tests, LastPass asked if I wanted to save account details every time I made a new account, and it automatically filled in my credentials whenever I wanted to log into an account. LastPass was even able to auto-fill my details on pages with separate windows for usernames and passwords, which even Dashlane occasionally failed to do.
With LastPass, you can also save bank accounts, payment cards, identities, and notes, and you can create fully customizable entries, which is something that Dashlane doesn’t offer. You can even attach files to the identity template — I saved my birth certificate and social security card in LastPass, and each time I needed to access these documents, it only took a few clicks (as opposed to digging through download folders on my computer)!
LastPass’s password generator is a bit better than Dashlane’s — in addition to creating passwords with letters (both uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols, LastPass lets you generate passwords that are “easy to say” (without special characters) and “easy to read ” (without characters that are hard to read, like “I, I, O and 0”).
LastPass can also generate passwords that are up to 50 characters long (or 128 characters on the Android app), which is longer than Dashlane’s 40-character upper limit. But just like Dashlane, LastPass lacks a passphrase generator, which is disappointing. However, you can manually add your own passphrases to the vault.
Winner (Basic Features): LastPass
It was really difficult to pick a winner for this round, because Dashlane and LastPass both provide excellent functionality — importing passwords, generating new passwords, auto-saving logins, and auto-filling saved information is very simple with both products. However, I found LastPass to be a bit better for auto-filling logins and web forms, and its password generator can create longer passwords.
Dashlane vs. LastPass: Extra Features
Dashlane and LastPass both have extra features that increase the security of password vaults and provide users with additional functionality. They have a lot of extra features in common, such as:
- Password sharing.
- Password health auditing.
- Dark web monitoring.
- 1 GB encrypted storage.
That said, both feature unique extras. For example, LastPass has credit monitoring (US only) and tons of account recovery options. However, Dashlane has a VPN and real-time dark web monitoring.
Dashlane: Extra Features
Dashlane is the only password manager on the market that comes with an included virtual private network (VPN). Dashlane’s VPN is powered by Hotspot Shield, it uses 256-bit AES encryption, comes with a kill switch for Windows and Android, has a strict no-logs policy, and maintains fast speeds. During my speed tests, my internet speed was barely affected when the VPN was on. I was able to stream HD video even when connected to distant servers. While the VPN isn’t as feature-rich as the top standalone VPNs, it does have split-tunneling, allows torrenting, and works with top streaming services like Netflix.
Dashlane also has the best dark web monitoring on the market. Many password managers offer data breach scanning — usually sending a query to Have I Been Pwned?’s database and then notifying you if your information has been part of a publicly available data breach. But Dashlane’s dark web monitoring is much better — it uses live agents with access to hacking forums and sites on the dark web. If any of your information gets leaked, they personally notify you and quickly work with you to protect your data and identity.
Using Dashlane, you can easily share an unlimited number of passwords and secure notes with an unlimited number of Dashlane users. And you can choose whether you want to give the password recipient limited rights (can only use the items) or full rights (can view, use, edit, and share items). You can also revoke access to any shared passwords at any time.
Dashlane also includes a password health checker, which flags weak, repeated, old, and breached passwords. This vault auditing tool is really easy to use, offering color-coded scores to help you figure out which passwords you need to change.
Dashlane doesn’t currently offer emergency access, but there are plans to relaunch a full-featured version in the coming months. The only account recovery option Dashlane currently offers is to log into your account using biometrics on your phone and change your master password.
LastPass: Extra Features
LastPass provides comprehensive vault auditing through its Security Dashboard feature. It flags weak, reused, and breached passwords, and it also lists any accounts that are 2FA-compatible so you can sync them with LastPass’s built-in TOTP generator for enhanced security.
LastPass also provides basic dark web scanning — if any of your information has been part of a publicly available data breach, LastPass will give you a notification through the Security Dashboard and tell you what information was breached.
In terms of account recovery options, LastPass is the best. It provides a ton of different account recovery methods, such as:
- Biometric recovery on mobile devices.
- Password hint/reminder.
- SMS account recovery.
- Master password reversion (if you changed your master password in the last 30 days).
- One-time password recovery (LastPass creates a one-time password each time you log into your vault via the web browser).
With many password managers, forgetting your master password means that you have to erase your vault completely, so I really appreciate LastPass’s user-friendly approach to account recovery.
LastPass also has emergency access, which is pretty much the same as the one previously offered by Dashlane — the only difference is that LastPass grants your emergency contact access to your entire vault (including payment cards, addresses, etc), whereas Dashlane allowed users to choose whether to share specific passwords and secure items or all passwords and secure items (but not other data).
LastPass also has secure password sharing, but unlike Dashlane, which has unlimited password sharing, LastPass only lets you share items with up to 30 other LastPass users.
One feature I really like is LastPass’s country restrictions. When you create an account on LastPass, you can lock it to the country you registered the account in. This extra layer of security can prevent hackers from other countries from getting into your account. However, if you plan to travel internationally or use a VPN, you can set up a list of trusted countries from which you’ll be allowed to log into LastPass.
If you live in the US, LastPass also has a free credit monitoring service through TransUnion. If your credit report unexpectedly changes, LastPass notifies you via text or email. LastPass also allows you to upgrade to premium credit monitoring for a small monthly fee, giving you access to credit reports from three major credit bureaus. LastPass will show you exactly what changes happened, when and where they happened, and which bureaus reported them.
Winner (Extra Features): Dashlane
While LastPass and Dashlane both have great additional tools, Dashlane’s advanced dark web monitoring and VPN are some of the most valuable extra features on the password manager market. That said, I love all of LastPass’s account recovery options, and its credit monitoring tool is a great benefit for US users.
Dashlane vs. LastPass: Plans & Pricing
Dashlane and LastPass both provide good (but limited) free plans and a 30-day free trial of their premium versions. They also both provide convenient family sharing plans. LastPass is roughly the same price as Dashlane’s introductory plan but is a little cheaper than Dashlane’s best-value plan. That being said, Dashlane’s plans are backed by a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee, whereas LastPass doesn’t provide a money-back guarantee.
Dashlane: Plans & Pricing
Dashlane offers a free plan as well as paid plans for individuals and families. You can choose between monthly or annual billing. The free plan includes a 30-day free trial of the premium plan, and all of Dashlane’s premium purchases come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Dashlane Free also includes:
- Password generator.
- Form and payment auto-fill.
- Two-factor authentication (2FA).
- Unlimited password sharing.
- Security alerts.
- Password vault auditing.
- 1 GB of file storage.
- Emergency access.
- Free 30-day trial of Premium.
Dashlane Advanced, Dashlane Premium, and Dashlane Friends & Family provide the best array of security features on the market. Dashlane is just slightly more expensive than LastPass, but LastPass doesn’t provide a VPN or advanced dark web monitoring.
Dashlane Advanced ($2.75 / month) has all the same features as Dashlane Free, along with multi-device syncronization and dark web monitoring.
All of Dashlane’s personal plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can also sign up for a 30-day free trial of all Dashlane plans, including the business plans.
LastPass: Plans & Pricing
LastPass Free is an excellent free password manager — it has:
- Unlimited password storage.
- Use on unlimited mobile or desktop devices (but not both).
- Password generator.
- Form and payment auto-fill.
- 2FA compatibility with authenticator apps.
- One-to-one password sharing.
- TOTP generator.
LastPass Premium ($3.00 / month) has all of the features included in the free plan, but it also provides:
- Multi-device sync.
- Password auditing & dark web scanning.
- One-to-many sharing (up to 30 users).
- 2FA with USB tokens.
- Biometric logins.
- Emergency access.
- 1 GB encrypted storage.
- Credit monitoring (US only).
LastPass Families ($4.00 / month) has all of the above, but you get coverage for up to 6 users as well as unlimited shared folders and a family management dashboard.
You can try out LastPass Premium with a 30-day free trial, but there’s no money-back guarantee.
Winner (Plans & Pricing): Dashlane
LastPass is a bit cheaper than Dashlane, but I think Dashlane is an overall better value due to its high-security features and included VPN. There are free trials for both products, and they both provide premium password management for an excellent value. Dashlane is backed by a risk-free money-back guarantee for 30 days, whereas LastPass has no money-back policy.
Dashlane vs. LastPass: Ease of Use
Both Dashlane and LastPass are very intuitive, but LastPass makes it a bit easier to import passwords from other password managers and browsers, plus it has super helpful built-in tutorials. That said, I think both new and advanced users will find it easy to use both password managers.
Dashlane: Ease of Use
Dashlane is really easy to use despite offering a ton of extra security features. It has a clean, uncluttered interface that makes it easy to find everything you need.
From the browser extension, you can generate passwords with various customization options in one click. You can even see a history of generated passwords if you need to access a previously generated password for any reason. The browser extension also lets you view all of your passwords, save and fill logins for websites, and open the web app.
The web app is also pretty easy to use, with intuitive tools like password sharing, password health auditing, and the VPN. And Dashlane also has some of the best mobile apps around — its Android and iOS apps are extremely intuitive, with all of the features available in one place.
My only complaint with Dashlane is that importing passwords isn’t as easy as with LastPass. To import passwords into Dashlane, you need to first download them as a .csv file, whereas LastPass has a one-click import option from both other password managers and browsers.
Overall, Dashlane is an easy-to-use and intuitive password manager — although I wish it had the option to automatically import passwords from other password managers or browsers.
LastPass: Ease of Use
LastPass’s desktop/web app and browser extension are also straightforward to use.
One of the things I really like about LastPass is that it provides concise, clear instructions on how to use the app and all of its features. However, even if you ignore the built-in tutorials, LastPass’s user interface is still really simple to navigate. This intuitiveness makes LastPass one of the best password managers for beginners, non-tech-savvy users, or families — no matter your age or skill level, you’ll be able to locate and use most of LastPass’s features without any difficulties.
All of LastPass’s advanced features are simple to use as well, including password sharing, emergency access, and the Security Dashboard. And LastPass’s mobile app is also really good — all of the features are the same on desktop and mobile, the app is very well designed, and it’s also very intuitive.
Overall, LastPass is also a great option for most users — beginners will be happy with the user-friendly interface and in-app tutorials, whereas advanced users will be able to customize the settings to fit their needs.
Winner (Ease of Use): LastPass
Dashlane and LastPass are both excellent password managers, but LastPass may be a bit easier to use. LastPass offers convenient in-app tutorials to explain every single feature in case you’re confused. It also has one-click password importing, unlike Dashlane which only supports .csv importing.
Dashlane vs. LastPass: Customer Support
Dashlane and LastPass provide similar customer support options, but I found Dashlane’s email response times a little slower than LastPass’s. On the other hand, Dashlane doesn’t restrict its email support to paid users like LastPass does, and it has a live chat, which most competitors don’t provide. Both Dashlane and LastPass have comprehensive knowledge bases, and it’s easy to get your technical questions answered.
Dashlane: Customer Support
Dashlane is one of the few password managers to have live chat, and it also has email support, an extensive knowledge base, Twitter support, and an official Reddit page.
Dashlane’s live chat is available Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm EST. After establishing a connection through an automated bot, I was able to connect with an agent in less than a minute — the support rep was friendly and professional, and they were able to answer all my questions.
However, I was a bit disappointed with the email support — it took them more than two days to reply.
On the other hand, because Dashlane has an excellent knowledge base as well as Twitter and Reddit support, most users won’t ever need to contact customer support, as most questions are already answered in these support channels.
LastPass: Customer Support
LastPass provides email support, an extensive knowledge base, an active user forum, and Twitter support. In addition to very detailed articles in the knowledge base, I really like that the support center has comprehensive video tutorials, too, making it easy to learn how to use LastPass’s features.
LastPass also has a chatbot, but it doesn’t connect to a live agent, like Dashlane’s support does. That said, LastPass’s email support team was a lot quicker than Dashlane’s. When I emailed LastPass, I received a detailed answer in about 5 hours — which is excellent. Most password managers take at least a day to email back, and Dashlane took even longer.
However, there are a couple of things I don’t like so much about LastPass’s customer support. Firstly, LastPass recently removed email support for users on the free plan, so you have to upgrade if you want email support. Dashlane offers priority support for premium users, but all its support channels are available for free users too. Second, even as a LastPass premium user, it’s not easy to locate a link to the email support. LastPass encourages users to find answers to their questions through other support channels, offering a link to the email support only at the bottom of an FAQ page.
Winner (Customer Support): Dashlane
Dashlane and LastPass have very similar support options — including detailed knowledge bases, email support, and user communities. While both provide really good customer support, Dashlane takes the edge here because of its live chat, and because it doesn’t restrict its email support to paid users only like LastPass does.
Dashlane vs. LastPass: Overall Winner
Dashlane is a highly secure password manager with excellent additional features and intuitive apps for all platforms. Its password security auditing, advanced dark web monitoring, VPN, and unlimited password sharing add multiple layers of additional security to its basic password management functionalities. Dashlane is also very easy to use, has excellent customer support (including a live chat), provides the best free plan on the market, offers affordable plans for individuals and families, and comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
LastPass is also highly secure, with tons of user-friendly features and some really good additional security protections — including advanced 2FA (with USB security key support), password vault auditing, password sharing (with up to 30 users), basic dark web scanning, and the best account recovery options around. It’s a bit easier to navigate than Dashlane, and it has decent customer support (but no live chat), as well as a good free plan and budget-friendly premium plans. LastPass doesn’t have a money-back guarantee.
Overall, I would happily recommend either product to any of my friends or family. Dashlane comes with impressive security features, a VPN that’s as good as some standalone VPNs, and a well-designed interface that’s about to get a lot better. I also really like LastPass, as it has a ton of extras, is very easy to use, and is pretty cheap.
Overall Winner: Dashlane
Frequently Asked Questions: Dashlane vs. LastPass
Is Dashlane better than LastPass?
Does Dashlane have more security than LastPass?
Both Dashlane and LastPass have extremely high security. In terms of security features, both Dashlane and LastPass have 256-bit AES encryption, 2FA, zero-knowledge architecture, and biometric scanning (LastPass Premium only).
That said, LastPass did suffer a couple of data breaches in the past, but it’s important to know that no passwords or data were exposed. I ultimately chose Dashlane as the winner in Security due to its spotless history, but LastPass will also keep your passwords, your identity, and your data safe (it’s still one of the most secure password managers on the market).
Which one has better mobile apps?
But LastPass is well known for its ease of use, and it has some of the most full-featured and intuitive mobile apps of any password manager out there (including Dashlane).
Do Dashlane and LastPass have free plans?
That said, they both have some frustrating limitations. For example, Dashlane Free is limited to one device and LastPass Free forces you to sync between only desktop devices or only mobile devices. It’s often better to choose a paid package instead of dealing with the hassles and limitations of a free password manager.
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