Whether you’re in the market for a new password manager or looking to try a password management platform for the first time, you’ve likely come across both 1Password and Dashlane in your research.
To help you decide which app is best for you, we’re comparing pricing, features, security, and functionality across both password managers.
Pricing and choosing the right subscription
You can use 1Password to protect your most sensitive personal information for $2.99 per month. With 1Password Families, you can extend that protection to four more family members for only $4.99 per month. Additional family members or loved ones can be added for $1 per user per month.
For businesses, 1Password offers three different options depending on your needs:
1Password Teams accounts secure up to 10 team members for $19.95 per month, and comes with selective sharing and the ability to identify threats with built-in risk detection.
1Password Business accounts include features like integration with identity providers to unlock 1Password with single sign-on (SSO) and automate provisioning, custom reports and customizable security policies, SIEM tool integration, and actionable insights to prevent risks and threats.
1Password Enterprise customers enjoy all the features of Business, as well as free, tailored onboarding and training, a dedicated Customer Success Manager, and migration support customized to their business.
1Password also offers friendly, 24/7 customer support for all plans.
Every 1Password plan is free to try for 14 days. At the end of your free 14-day trial, you can begin your subscription.
Switching from another password manager
You can quickly and easily import data into 1Password from Dashlane, LastPass, KeePass, KeePassX, RoboForm, Delinea Secret Server, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Brave, and Safari. You can also import data from other applications using the comma-separated values (CSV) file format.
Saving and filling passwords in 1Password
As a password manager, 1Password makes it easier than ever to store all your login credentials in one place so you never have to remember more than a few passwords again.
Since 1Password remembers all of your sensitive data for you, you can save time and autofill passwords when you log in to a site or service, as well as autofill out form fields with your name, address, and credit card.
Prefer to sign in to a site with Google, Apple, or other providers? 1Password can save that information too, and log you in with a single click.
You can also store and autofill time-based one-time passwords (TOTPs), the string of numbers that you enter after your username and password for further authentication. Instead of relying on additional authenticator apps like Google Authenticator, or getting the TOTP via SMS which can be intercepted, all you need is 1Password.
Storing other types of sensitive data
Despite the name, 1Password is much more than a password manager! You can also store sensitive data like your financial accounts, credit cards, and identity information like your name and address. You can autofill this information, too, making online shopping and filling out forms a breeze – no more typing out every detail manually.
The types of information you can store in 1Password include documents, secure notes, software licenses, medical records, passport info, and much more.
To keep you organized, 1Password will automatically sort items according to their type, or you can create your own tags to help you organize items by theme.
Your items are stored within vaults in 1Password, each with its own permission settings. Your personal vault contains items that are just for you, and if you’re using 1Password Families, you can also create shared vaults to give other users access to the contents of that vault. With 1Password, you can create as many vaults as you like, allowing you to get granular with your organization. For example, you can create a vault just for tax documents, a vault just for your pet’s vet receipts and vaccination documents, and a vault just for household items like mortgage documents and the internet service provider (ISP) login.
Passkeys and biometrics
If you’re using an account password to unlock 1Password, you can use biometrics for faster access with features like Touch ID, Windows Hello, and other methods of authentication that you use to unlock devices. You can also use a passkey to unlock 1Password (currently in private beta).
Passkeys are a new, more secure, and easy-to-use alternative to passwords. Over time, they’ll replace passwords entirely as more sites and services add support for them. You can already save passkeys using 1Password for iOS and 1Password in the browser and use them to log in to your sites and services that support passkeys.
Strong password generator
1Password’s built-in password generator creates strong, unique, and truly random passwords for all your online accounts. 1Password predicts password requirements and makes appropriate suggestions, and you can further customize random password length, add numbers and symbols, or also create memorable passwords and PINs.
Secure password sharing
1Password gives you the ability to securely share individual items stored in 1Password with anyone – even if the recipient doesn’t use 1Password.
Shared vaults are great for long-term collaboration with your loved ones and make updating any items, like shared passwords, across everyone’s devices quick and simple. Conversely, secure item sharing is built for more granular, temporary sharing and makes a copy of an item at a moment in time, like a snapshot. If you later update that item, the change won’t reflect in the copy of the shared item.
Item sharing makes it easy to choose what you securely share with the people you trust. For example, you can share the Wi-Fi password with visiting friends, or share a password with a freelancer who will only need it as long as you’re working together.
1Password Watchtower alerts you when you need to take action to strengthen your security. If one of your saved passwords has been involved in a data breach, if you’ve stored weak or reused passwords, or if a site you use supports two-factor authentication but you haven’t enabled it yet, you’ll see it all in Watchtower, alongside further recommended actions you can take to protect yourself online.
1Password Travel Mode
Travel Mode lets you designate certain vaults as “safe for travel.” This means those vaults will be accessible to you during travel, but the rest won’t.
Travel Mode protects you and your privacy as you cross borders by hiding vaults you decide aren’t safe for travel from authorities (or anyone else) until you’re in a safe place and turn Travel Mode off.
1Password uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption to encrypt your vaults. 1Password also uses a zero-knowledge approach, which means what you save in your 1Password vaults is only accessible to you — the person with the keys to the vault. It’s never visible nor accessible to 1Password.
A number of security features are fairly common among most password managers, but some have unique features that are worth calling out.
1Password uses a randomly generated 128-bit key to help secure your information. This Secret Key is combined with your account password to create an encryption key that’s effectively unbreakable.
When you sign in to 1Password, authentication happens on your device. That means your account password and Secret Key remain safe from theft and interception because they’re never sent over the internet. This is made possible by a password authenticated key exchange (PAKE) protocol called Secure Remote Password (SRP).
1Password has desktop apps for Mac, Windows, and Linux, mobile devices apps for Android and iOS with Watch OS support, and as a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Brave, and Safari. With seamless syncing, all the sensitive data you store in 1Password is instantly available on all your desktop and mobile devices.
Pricing and choosing the right subscription
For personal use, Dashlane offers a Premium plan for $3.33 per month, and a Friends & Family plan for $4.99 per month for 10 members.
For business plans, Dashlane offers three different options:
A Starter plan for $20 per month for 10 seats that includes unlimited passwords and passkeys, secure sharing, Business and Personal Spaces, audit logs, and Dark Web Insights.
A Business plan for $8 per seat, per month that includes single sign-on (SSO) integration, SCIM provisioning, a free Friends & Family plan for all Business users, on-demand phone support, VPN for Wi-Fi protection, and real-time phishing alerts.
An Enterprise plan that includes everything in the Business plan along with a dedicated Customer Success Manager, Onboarding Customer Support Specialists, and an Onboarding Technical Engineer.
Dashlane offers a free 30-day trial for all Premium plans.
Dashlane offers a free plan with limited features, Dashlane Free. However, starting November 7, 2023, new and existing Dashlane Free customers can only save up to 25 logins in their vault. To put this in perspective, the average person has around 100 passwords. Starting on December 7, 2023, interactive customer support will be provided for premium customers only.
Switching from another password manager
Dashlane offers instructions for how to move your passwords from LastPass, 1Password Bitwarden, KeePass, Keeper, Roboform, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari and iCloud Keychain.
Saving and filling information in Dashlane Dashlane offers the ability to generate, store, and autofill passwords.
Like 1Password, you can store multiple types of information like credit cards, secure notes, sensitive documents, and passport information in Dashlane.
And you can use Dashlane to generate time-based one-time passwords, like 1Password.
Dashlane also offers passkey support for iOS, Android, and the Dashlane web app.
Dashlane offers a built-in password generator, as well, and also allows you to organize your logins using collections.
Password sharing in Dashlane
Dashlane lets you securely share logins and Secure Notes, but only with other people who use Dashlane.
Dashlane offers Password Health, a score calculated based on all your passwords stored in Dashlane and whether they’re Compromised, Reused, or Weak. Dashlane also alerts you if one of your accounts is compromised or at risk, and offers the option to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Before storing each individual’s vault on its servers, Dashlane encrypts it using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption. Dashlane is designed using zero-knowledge architecture, with the data encrypted locally on the user’s device.
Dashlane uses a modern and robust key derivation function (KDF) called Argon2 to generate an Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit key. The key is derived from your master password and protects your information before it’s sent to Dashlane servers, and on its servers.
Dashlane has web apps available on Windows and Mac, and apps for iOS and Android platforms. Dashlane supports Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers. Dashlane is not currently available on Linux.
1Password vs. Dashlane: Final thoughts
At first glance, 1Password and Dashlane might seem like fairly similar password managers. Both certainly offer a significant upgrade over no password manager at all.
However, depending on what matters to you, the differences can definitely be significant:
- 1Password is effectively impossible to crack. Two distinct secrets, known only to you, work together to safeguard the data you store in 1Password. Your Secret Key ensures the security of your information, even in the unlikely event of a breach. Your account password and Secret Key remain safe because they’re never sent over the internet.
- You should always have customer support. 1Password’s free, 24/7 customer support is the best in the business – and available to all customers.
- We’re all in on passkeys. The option to use a passkey to unlock 1Password (currently in private beta) is well on its way, giving you the best of both worlds: great security paired with maximum convenience.
- Unique features can make a difference. Travel often? 1Password’s Travel Mode may be crucial for you. Share login credentials or sensitive documents a lot? The ability to securely share anything with anyone, even if they don’t use 1Password, will be invaluable. Your password manager should keep up with your digital life.
- Convenience matters. If a security tool isn’t convenient, you’re not going to use it. 1Password seamlessly integrates into your system, making it easy to keep you and your loved ones safe. It’s security at the speed of life.