Want to keep people from logging into your online accounts without permission? Then it’s probably a good idea to use a different password for each service, use strong passwords, and change your passwords often.
Password managers such as 1Password, KeePass, Dashlane and LastPass make it easy to do the first two of those things… and now Dashlane and Lastpass are making the third a bit easier too.
Both companies have just launched automatic password changing features.
Automatic password changing lets you log into your LastPass or Dashlane account, select the password you want to change, and the app will do the rest.
The LastPass version opens a new browser tab for each service you want to update, automatically logins and generates and saves a new password, and the next time you visit the website, the LastPass browser add-on will make sure to enter your new password instead of your old one.
Dashlane lets you check boxes for the services where you want to change your password and then offers a one-click button that will go ahead and make the changes for you. Eventually Dashlane plans to offer an option that will make things even more automatic: you’ll be able to set recurring password changes sot hat your Facebook password will be automatically changed every 30 days, for instance.
Both companies say their new auto-password changing features are in beta at the moment and only a limited number of websites are supported. But supported sites include some pretty big names including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
Dashlane users need to sign up to request access to the new automatic password changer, while LastPass is already rolling out the feature to all users.
You can read more about the new features at the LastPass and Dashlane blogs.
I’ve been reading so much about dashlane, seems like a lot of people are concerned with their system & the cost.. I’ve been using abine’s products for years and I’d rather send my $40 a year to them. you get a lot more than just a password changer/vault. I love my masked emails (no spam is awesome) and masked credit cards (I’ve yet to get an email from my bank saying my cards been compromised and I am a frequent online shopper)
I wonder if either keeps a history of previous passwords just in case something goes wrong. Lastpass is fantastic but it can be a bit clunky sometimes. I’d hate for it to think it successfully changed a password only to find out the website had changed so it didn’t actually work correctly and my old password is gone to the digital ether – leaving me locked out of an account.
These are the kinds of things I lose sleep over.
Would be great if there was an industry spec method for changing passwords that web sites could standardize on and these managers could then use.
You should correct “1Password, KeePass, Dashlane and KeePass” to replace one of the instances of “KeePass” with “LastPass”.
Oh; it looks like you’ve replaced the final instance of “KeePass” with “LastPas”, which should be “LastPass”.
Yeah… one of these days I’ll learn how to type. 🙂
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