In this Dashlane versus 1Password comparison, we’re going to find out which one you should invest in. We’re going to look at them on a point-by-point basis in objective rounds, such as security, and subjective rounds, such as user-friendliness.
Our winner is Dashlane, which shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve looked at our password manager reviews. 1Password puts up a great fight, though, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see these password managers piggyback over each other in years to come.
Before we get to the rounds, let’s define how this comparison is going to work.
Setting Up a Fight: Dashlane vs. 1Password
We’re going to compare Dashlane and 1Password over five rounds, corresponding to the criteria set in our best password manager guide. Whichever takes three or more rounds will be the overall winner.
Dashlane and 1Password are similar, which makes this match interesting. The battle of Dashlane vs. LastPass, on the other hand, was not as close. Because it isn’t a simple point-by-point comparison, we’ll go more into the specifics to see which password manager operates better under the hood.
Dashlane 6 was released in 2018, too, with a slew of new features and a price increase. That makes the first two rounds more interesting, especially, as the new features must be evaluated in the context of the new price.
Because Dashlane and 1Password are similar, much of our comparison is open to interpretation. Dashlane, for example, comes with an exhaustive list of features that some users may find useful, while 1Password has a smaller feature set that focuses on making the password manager experience better.
We urge you to read through the rounds to get an idea of our thought process and make your own decision about which password manager should win. We’ll defend our position, of course, but both are deserving of your attention.
Most browsers include a password manager, so the namesake function of this type of software doesn’t impress. We’re first looking at features that justify a price tag and make a password manager stand out as more than a utility tool.
Dashlane’s most recent version was released in early 2018. It came with a slew of new features, too, so many, in fact, that it’s not correct to call Dashlane a password manager anymore. While the feature bump came with a price hike, we like that there’s a push in feature set that no other password manager is trying.
There was a nice package of features before version six rolled up, though. Our favorite is the password changer. You can set Dashlane to automatically change the passwords for your online accounts. It’ll generate a unique password for each, change it on the website and update your vault entry.
It also came with a security breach feature, where Dashlane notifies you whenever an account in your vault has been compromised. You can use the password changer with security notifications to quickly update your accounts.
Those features are still around, but Dashlane went deeper with version six. It now includes dark web monitoring. Dashlane will scan the dark web for accounts using your credentials. If it finds one, you’ll prompted to change your passwords immediately.
It includes a virtual private network, too, but we’re not sure how good it is. The VPN simply allows you to connect or disconnect, not choose your server or monitor latency. It’s a nice inclusion for protecting yourself on public WiFi, but the best VPN providers have many more features.
The new plan in the lineup, which we’ll talk about in the next round, comes with identity theft protection, too, with up to $1 million in insurance. Dashlane will also monitor your credit score and notify you of changes.
The normal password manager features are present, as well. Dashlane includes a password generator, multi-device sync and auto-fill for your browser or mobile device.
1Password doesn’t have as many features. The focus is on making the best password manager possible, instead of adding extras such as a VPN. We like that Dashlane is branching out, but we can also appreciate 1Password’s “go deep” mentality.
It supports auto-fill on your desktop and mobile device. Just because a password manager has a mobile application, though, that doesn’t mean it comes with the same functionality as the desktop equivalent. Such is the case with LastPass, which doesn’t support auto-fill on mobile devices (read our LastPass review).
Every plan comes with encrypted document storage, too. Business plans and below come with 1GB per user and plans above that come with 5GB per user. That isn’t a lot, though, so we recommend you check out our best cloud storage providers and shop for this service a la carte.
For monitoring your account, you can use the 1Password Watchtower, which is an area of the user interface that shows you vulnerabilities, compromised logins or reused passwords. Watchtower will also notify you of data breaches on your accounts.
The most unusual feature we found is 1Password’s Travel Mode. Enabling Travel Mode will remove sensitive data from your devices as you travel and store it in your 1Password vault. Then, whenever you get to where you’re going, you can restore that data with a single click.
1Password keeps your items on record for a year in the event you want to restore anything. Using a password manager carries risk, not the least of which is accidentally deleting an impossible-to-remember password. This restore window helps address that problem.
Overall, 1Password’s feature set is well-rounded. It doesn’t have as many features as Dashlane, but its features feel better thought out. The only thing 1Password is missing is a password changer, which is a shame.
Round One Thoughts
Dashlane has a longer feature list. It misses in many areas, though, including the VPN. We like the addition of dark web monitoring with the most recent release, but it’s underwhelming compared to 1Password’s Travel Mode and password retention.
It’s difficult to declare a winner for this round since each password manager fills in the gaps left by the other. That said, 1Password’s feature set is more focused on crafting a solid experience than branching out into new cybersecurity categories. Because of that, we’re giving this round to 1Password, but it’s close.
Features can’t be separated from price. The list of features is irrelevant if your wallet is empty, so we’re we’re going to look at where these password managers land on the cost spectrum next. Dashlane’s most recent version came with a price increase. As such, things don’t look great for it this round.
Dashlane’s already-expensive Premium plan almost doubled in price in early 2018 and the new plan, Premium Plus, is nearly $10 per month. Still, Dashlane has a decent free plan that keeps its range looking attractive.
The free plan comes with a 30-day trial of Premium, and it really is a trial. You’re limited to 50 entries after your month of Premium ends and it only supports a single device. You can download Dashlane on multiple devices, but you can’t sync between them.
Because a single person can easily surpass the entry limit, Premium plans are where Dashlane shines. You get the aforementioned features, with support for advanced two-factor authentication options using the best 2FA apps, such as YubiKey.
While Dashlane doesn’t automatically set restore points for deleted entries, you have an unlimited amount of backup and recovery for your account. If you forget your master password, you can use a local backup to import your data into a new Dashlane account.
The price jump accounts for new features, such as a VPN and dark web monitoring. We’d prefer that Dashlane add these features without a price hike, but, overall, we think the extra cost for Premium is justified.
Premium Plus is too much, though. For twice the price, you get credit monitoring and identity theft protection. Our six tips to prevent identity theft should have you covered and you can purchase insurance through another provider.
Dashlane Business plans are $4 per user, per month, the same as Team plans from 1Password. You get all the features from Premium, excluding the VPN, plus Smart Spaces, which allows you and your employees to break your vaults into personal and professional accounts.
Business users can access the Admin Console, too. It’ll show you how many active users there are, their role, their passwords and their overall security score. It’s a quick way to see where you’re at and manage all your users at once.
Dashlane’s price increase raises even its basic plan higher than the competition. As seen in the features, it’s clear that Dashlane is branching out into other areas of cybersecurity. If those features matter to you, the price may be justified, but there are cheaper options that accomplish the same core goal.
1Password has a more reasonable lineup of plans. There isn’t a free plan, but you can try the service for 30 days without a credit card. We, especially, like the family plan out of the range, which is an area Dashlane doesn’t cover.
The cheapest plan, 1Password, is for a single account, but you can sync your account with other devices. It comes with all the features, including Travel Mode, 2FA options and a year of password retention.
Our favorite plan is 1Password Families. For the same price as Premium at Dashlane, you get five 1Password licenses. The owner of the account can manage what other users see and do, too, which is nice.
If you want more users, you can add them for $1 per month. This plan works well for families, but also for small businesses. An owner can monitor password usage and recover accounts for any locked out users.
For more than five users, you’ll have to upgrade to one of 1Password’s business plans. As with most business solutions, they’re expensive. Teams, the first plan in the lineup, runs $3.99 per user per month. It comes with some business-focused features, though, such as Duo integration for business-wide multi-factor authentication.
The next plan, Business, is the sweet spot. It’s twice the price at $7.99 per user, but comes with an excellent feature set. Each user gets 5GB of document storage, custom roles can be assigned to users, usage reports are automatically created and you can organize your employees into groups.
It’s a great solution for medium to large businesses, with VIP support and a free family account for each member of your team. If you’re running a business with 10 or more employees and need a password manager, this is the plan we recommend.
At twice the price of Dashlane Business, though, it’s not as attractive.
For large businesses, 1Password offers Enterprise by quote. You’ll get a dedicated account manager, setup training specific to your business and an onboard engineer. For most people, it’s irrelevant, but it could be perfect for those with hundreds of employees.
We like 1Password’s range a lot, particularly the family and business plans. Personal plans are good, too. At $2 cheaper per month, it doesn’t seem like a personal plan is saving you much money, but both password managers charge annually. That’s the difference between $60 and $36 per year.
Round Two Thoughts
We think Dashlane’s price increase was too abrupt. It was on the high end of password managers before, coming in at over $3 per month. The new $5 per month rate is embarrassing, especially compared to Kaspersky, which only charges $14.99 for the whole year (read our Kaspersky Password Manager review).
1Password, on the other hand, has reasonable prices and a nice list of plans for home and business use. We like the family plan most, as it offers five licenses for only a couple of dollars more per month. From a value standpoint, 1Password offers enough to win this round.
Now that we’ve compared Dashlane and 1Password in features and pricing, it’s time to look at how they work in the real world. We’re looking at the overall usability of the interface, as well as features for importing and using the password manager on other devices.
Dashlane has a great interface. It’s one drawback is the way you organize your passwords, but it’s a solid experience otherwise. Once you download the application, Dashlane will set up the desktop client and browser extension.
During install, you can import your passwords from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. You can choose the passwords you want, so you don’t import any fat. Other password managers support browser import, but none do it during the install. It makes setting up Dashlane a breeze.
You’ll spend most of your time with the desktop application and browser extension. Dashlane has a web UI, too, but it doesn’t have as many features as the desktop counterpart.
Once your passwords are imported, you can organize them into categories. It’s a form of organization, but not one we’re fans of. You’ll have to edit your entries to include them in a category.
Thankfully, you can organize your vault into tiles or lines to see your passwords. If you have categories, you can see them in the main menu and they’re collapsible. Otherwise, entries are organized alphabetically and you can collapse them, too.
The most powerful part of Dashlane’s system is the password changer. The list of supported websites is large and growing. You can automatically change passwords on websites such as Adobe, Reddit, Netflix and Box (read our Box review).
Dashlane’s mobile experience works well, too. There are apps for iOS and Android and both support auto-fill. There are user reports on the Android variant that auto-fill doesn’t always work, though. You may need to configure the app to work with your phone, as Dashlane has troubleshooting steps for auto-fill on Android in particular.
The browser experience isn’t bad. Dashlane’s extension shows you accounts for the website you’re on, the password generator and a link to your browser vault. Whenever a login field appears, Dashlane will display a small, semi-transparent logo to the side. You can click on it to see your accounts for that URL and auto-fill.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle, Dashlane can automatically log you in. You can configure which websites you’ll automatically be logged in to in your vault, too. It’s a decent feature, but it doesn’t always work.
Dashlane doesn’t store your master password, so there’s no way to recover your account if you forget it. You can export your passwords locally and restore by purchasing a new account, but we want to see a dedicated way to handle account recovery.
As with features, 1Password fills in the gaps left by Dashlane and vice versa. That starts during the installation. 1Password runs the install, but it doesn’t prompt you to import passwords from your browser.
1Password supports importing from many sources, though, including Chrome. The Chrome import, in particular, is advanced. 1Password accepts any .csv file, as long as it’s formatted the way it wants. You can get there with 1Password, but it’s an annoying and unnecessary step.
After installation, we get to one of 1Password’s strong points. It will generate an emergency kit, which is a .pdf file with your sign-in address, email address, 128-bit secret key and master password. The document doesn’t come with your master password filled in, though, so you’ll have to do that.
As we’ll see in the next section, 1Password never sees your password, so that makes sense. 1Password recommends you print it, encrypt it or store it using a cloud storage provider (you can read our cloud storage reviews for a few recommendations).
A QR code is also in the emergency kit. You can scan it with your phone or desktop to automatically sign you in.
We like the emergency kit as a form of account recovery and a way to log in. It carries security concerns, though. It’s on you to keep it protected, either with secure cloud storage or locally. If there’s a chance someone could get their hands on it, it’s best just to delete the file forever.
Before you delete it, though, make sure to take note of your secret key.
The desktop client is excellent. It supports many items, including basic data such as passwords and credit cards. Among the more exotic choices are outdoor licenses, insurance policies and more.
You can’t create custom categories, though. 1Password’s predetermined list is all you can use. Entries support a custom picture, name and unlimited custom fields. You can gut an entry completely and fill it with new data.
Each custom field can be assigned a label and use, which makes entries highly customizable, as you can store as much or as little information as you want. If you’re not using a field, you can delete it and free space on your item.
There aren’t folders, though. Categories are automatically generated in the interface based on the areas you have populated with data. For example, you’d have a category for insurance policies, passwords, credit cards and notes if you had at least one entry in each of those areas.
If you want further organization, you can set tags on your entries.
Auto-fill is handled differently. 1Password will not fill in your data without user input. That is for security reasons. You can fill your data by browsing to the extension or using Alt+/ (Cmd+/ for Mac) to fill in your info.
Round Three Thoughts
Other rounds have been close, but not as close as this one. Dashlane and 1Password have excellent user interfaces that come packed with features. 1Password’s support for custom fields is useful and among our favorite features in the interface. If we were judging on using the password manager alone, it would win.
That said, it doesn’t support browser import during setup or automatic password changing. In those two areas, Dashlane shines. Dashlane doesn’t have as intuitive an interface, but it’ll save you time between importing your passwords and changing them.
This round depends on the user. If you’re coming from another password manager, 1Password is fine, as it supports imports from .csv files. If this is your first password manager, though, the task of setting up entries and changing your online accounts to reflect them is daunting, so we recommend Dashlane.
Security is the most important part of password managers. We’re going to spoil this round and let you know that Dashlane and 1Password are at the top of their game. There are features that set them apart, though.
We’re looking at Dashlane’s July 2018 white paper for this section, so make sure you read through it if you want more details. Often, there’s a breach or security flaw that makes one choice better than the other. That isn’t the case here, so we’re going to get down and dirty to see how the security systems work.
Dashlane authenticates with your master password and a user device key that’s automatically generated. It has zero-knowledge of your master password, meaning it’s never sent to Dashlane’s servers or stored locally.
You are the only person who knows your master password and, because of that, Dashlane can’t reset or restore your account if you forget it.
Your passwords are secured using AES 256-bit, which is a form of encryption that makes it almost impossible to crack. If you only used words for your password, it could be decrypted in seconds using a dictionary attack, though. According to Dashlane’s white paper, a 4-million-term dictionary would take an average of 2.8 seconds to do it.
Dashlane takes two steps to protect against that kind of attack. The first is hashing, which replaces the values of your AES key with new values to disguise the encrypted key. As with your master password, hashes are not stored locally or on Dashlane’s servers.
Dashlane uses Argon2 by default, but it can be configured to use PBKDF2-SHA2 with 200,000 iterations. Using Argon2, the same 4-million-term dictionary would take 46 days to find your password. That’s if you’re using a single word password on all your accounts, though.
Dashlane has strict master password requirements, including one uppercase and lowercase letter, one digit and at least eight characters, and its password generator follows even tougher rules. An alphanumeric password with at least eight characters using Argon2 would take just shy of 7 million years to crack.
Each additional character will exponentially increase your security, too.
Dashlane has all those security measures in case of a data breach. Even if master passwords are compromised, as long as you’re using a unique password on each of your accounts, it would be infeasible for someone to decrypt your data.
Data breaches on Dashlane’s end are impossible, too, considering it never receives or stores your master password.
One of Dashlane’s unique features, automatic password changing, is about as secure as normal web traffic. Dashlane transmits your old password, along with a script to change it, to the service you’re trying to contact using WebSockets over SSL/TLS (read our SSL vs. TLS article to learn the difference between the two).
The biggest concern with transmission of sensitive data is a man-in-the-middle attack, which Dashlane protects against by using a secure connection.
The upside of automatic password changing is high. Dashlane says it “makes a very important, rarely followed security practice a lot easier,” and we couldn’t agree more. Changing your password regularly is easy to overlook, so Dashlane’s commitment to make it simpler is nice to see.
Dashlane also supports multiple 2FA options, including YubiKey, and has no breaches on record. Overall, it’s among the most secure password managers on the market.
1Password has similar protection measures. There are slight differences detailed in its white paper, but, overall, you’re getting around the same level of protection.
As with Dashlane, you get a master password to secure your account. It’s never stored locally or sent to 1Password’s servers. You also get a secret key, which is included in your emergency kit.
The two are like keys to a safety deposit box. You’ll need both to unlock your account. Your secret key is generated locally after downloading your emergency kit and only needs to be used on unauthorized machines.
1Password does that so nothing stored on its servers can be cracked. For instance, the verifier for your account could, theoretically, be cracked, though that’s highly unlikely. Two-secret key derivation means that, even if a hacker could crack your master password, they’d also have to crack your 128-bit secret key, which is next to impossible.
It’s like a form of two-factor authentication. While not exactly the same thing, it may be helpful to think about your secret key in that way to understand the security model.
For your data, 1Password uses AES 256-bit, which, as we explained earlier, can be cracked with weak passwords and no hashing. 1Password uses PBKDF2-SHA2 with 100,000 iterations. While still secure, that’s half the level of Dashlane, so it loses the edge here.
The minimum master password requirements are strange, though. 1Password requires a minimum of 10 characters. That’s it. We think a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers, would be better. Ten characters will increase your protection, too, but eight should be enough for most users.
1Password’s breach alerts received a facelift in 2018, integrating with Have I Been Pwned. That database houses over 5 billion accounts that have been breached. When you use a password that’s been compromised, 1Password will check against the database and notify you.
There isn’t an automatic password changer, which may be a pro or a con depending on your stance. The idea of changing passwords automatically is worrisome, even with Dashlane’s security measures. That said, as an optional feature, we’d rather have it than not.
Round Four Thoughts
Dashlane and 1Password have similar security structures. You have a master password that isn’t stored locally or sent to the remote server, including hashes, and a unique key for unlocking your account.
1Password handles the key with your emergency kit, while a user device key is generated automatically through Dashlane. Both support multiple 2FA options, including YubiKey, and both AES 256-bit to encrypt your vault. 1Password’s master password requirements aren’t as strict, though, and it uses half the hashing rounds on PBKDF2-SHA2.
There are two things that set these password managers apart. Dashlane offers automatic password changing and 1Password offers Have I Been Pwned integration. Since regularly changing your password is an often overlooked security measure, we think Dashlane’s push to make it easier is enough for a win this round.
Password managers are simple tools, at least, for the end user. Because of that, you won’t need much customer support and companies usually skimp on it. We’re looking for customer service that goes against the grain, though, and provides an abundance of options, even for a simple tool.
We’re fans of Dashlane’s support system. You get email support around the clock and English-language live chat between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. When testing Dashlane for our review, we reached out to support and received a reply in under four hours on a free account.
That’s quick, considering free accounts are lower in the priority queue than Premium users and above. We weren’t able to test how fast the response times are there, but, based on our experience, they should be fast.
Most of your questions can be answered in the help center, though. Dashlane has a topic for just about anything from importing your passwords to setting up auto-fill on mobile applications. At the end of some articles, there’s a short troubleshooting guide for issues Dashlane knows about, too.
Dashlane doesn’t have much for support, overall. A knowledgebase, email and phone support is commonplace. That said, each of those areas have a great amount of depth and more than satisfy what we require for a support section.
1Password has more DIY support options, but not as many direct support options. You can contact it through email alone and, when we reached out, 1Password never got back to us.
We were using a free trial, as we were with Dashlane, and paying users have priority support. Given that we didn’t hear back, though, there’s no real timeframe we can go on.
The other support options are nice. 1Password maintains a YouTube channel with tips, tutorials and troubleshooting guides. It had just put up a guide to moving data to your account on Windows three weeks before this writing.
1Password has a forum, which Dashlane lacks. It’s the best part of the support system. Community members and support agents are scouring the forums around the clock and we like the dedication to the community shown there.
The knowledgebase, YouTube channel and forums are excellent. The direct support options are lacking, though, and we think that’s more important in a support system. You can find answers with 1Password, but you’ll have to look for them.
Round Five Thoughts
Dashlane is missing a forum, and that gives 1Password an edge in the DIY support area. Direct support options are more important, though, and 1Password is lacking there. We like to see email support, but not as the only means of communication.
Password managers are simple tools, so this round isn’t as important as the others. That said, Dashlane has better contact options and a knowledgebase that accomplishes most of what the forums and YouTube channel do at 1Password.
At the beginning of this comparison, we said whatever password manager won more than three rounds would be our overall pick. User-friendliness was a tie and, because of that, it’s difficult to declare an overall winner.
By a thin margin, we give the win to Dashlane. The security is better, overall, with twice the rounds of hashing on PBKDF2-SHA2 and the choice to use a modern hashing scheme. It also has the automatic password changer and more logical password requirements.
Price is what holds Dashlane back, so, if you’re looking for value, 1Password is a great option. An intermediary plan that bridges the gap between free and Premium in Dashlane’s lineup would ease our concerns.
You can’t go wrong with either, but Dashlane has enough features to edge out a win here.
Do you prefer Dashlane or 1Password? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, thanks for reading.