The importance of a strong password manager is unmatched. Most use Chrome’s password manager or iCloud Keychain as they are provided by default on Android and iOS respectively. However, there are plenty of powerful third-party alternatives. Among them, Dashlane and Bitwarden are at the top of the list.
If you want to learn more about the two, read on to find the differences. The comparison talks about interface, cross-platform availability, features, pricing, sharing, password verification, and more. Let’s get started.
While users of Apple products mainly prefer the solution ICloud Keychain, but it is not natively available on Windows and Android.
Cross-platform availability in a password manager is essential for easy access to all of your devices, including those you plan to purchase in the future.
Bitwarden covers every possible platform and browser you can think of. It is available on iOS and Android; has native desktop apps on Windows, macOS, and Linux; and also integrates with all major browsers including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge.
Dashlane isn’t far either. The software is accessible on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac.
Dashlane and Bitwarden use the standard macOS menu for navigation. We like Dashlane’s approach because it has a nicer translucent effect on the sidebar. It perfectly matches the modern design of macOS.
We found Bitwarden a bit safer. Use a standard white theme with black text in the user interface. For fans of the Dark theme, the app supports it as well.
Add a new item
Click the “+” button below and you can add new items to Bitwarden. New item types are limited to Login, Card, Identity, and Secure Note. Compared to that, Dashlane offers Business, Career, Shopping, Social Media, Technology and more.
On Dashlane, you can create profiles to automatically fill out forms and make payments. There is also a separate tab for saving a digital copy of your important documents and receipts for purchases you make online.
Bitwarden follows the case model. You will need to create one and manually organize the password entries. You can also add TOTP (one-time password based on time) and add relevant notes like security questions, date of birth, etc.
Security and Safeguard
Dashlane checks password strength and can generate strong, random passwords with just one click. You can view the overall security level of your identity on the Identity Dashboard and Password Health platforms.
Dashlane also offers other security features in paid plans, including a VPN, identity theft protection, and dark web monitoring. Getting a separate VPN would have cost more, but it can offer additional features.
With Bitwarden, all your data is fully encrypted before it leaves your device. Only you can access it. Even the Bitwarden team cannot read your data, even if they want to. Your data is sealed with end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption.
Regarding backup, Bitwarden stores all user data on the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform.
We love Dashlane’s audio report. It is one of the most reliable and comprehensive reports among all password managers.
The rigorous scoring system can not only detect weak and duplicate passwords, but it also scans the dark web to see if your email address or other online accounts have been exposed.
Bitwarden is also packed with useful features. The list of features includes encrypted attachments, security audit reports, two-factor authentication, user groups, shared items, and more.
Bitwarden has paid versions, but we believe most people will be able to do without most of the features they offer. Payment gives you access to encrypted email attachments, other second-factor security options, and reports on the overall security of the passwords you use.
Bitwarden costs only $ 10 per year. It is much less than the competition. The family plan is set at $ 3.33 per month.
Dashlane plans are slightly expensive at $ 3.33 per month, but they do offer VPNs. The family plan costs $ 5 per month per user.
Protect your online identity
Using a good password manager like Dashlane and Bitwarden makes it easy to remember hundreds of login details across dozens of apps and services. Dashlane has a better user interface and the audit report is one of the best we’ve seen. Bitwarden is open source, available everywhere, and cheaper than its competitors.