Password managers have been on our minds lately, and with good reason. Not only are data breaches a regular occurrence on the web these days, but apps like LastPass have made it difficult for non-paying users to log in on multiple device types. Dashlane has always been a premium-focused company with a restricted free tier, but today, it's expanding its low-cost options for customers looking for an easier entry into the service.
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Now that your entire digital life — both personal and professional — is confined to your home, it's more tempting than ever to leave your passwords laying around on a notepad or an unlocked spreadsheet for easy access. However, even if you rarely leave your house, failing to protect these critical credentials could result in breeched accounts that compromise your data. Keep the keys to your digital life safe, secure, and accessible with NordPass, a next-generation password manager for all the ways you work and play online.
Passwords are an integral part of the internet, but also, they're terrible. From your parents forgetting them every time they try to log in, to getting compromised in the latest data breach, authenticating with a bunch of random text just isn't that great of an option. Luckily, Dashlane has announced two new plans to help families manage their personal security and privacy online.
One of the relatively hidden treasures of yesterday's I/O announcements and Android M preview release was Smart Lock Passwords, which takes credentials you've signed in with on Chrome or for Android apps and automatically signs you in on those platforms in the future. At launch, there are not many app partners, but developers need only use a now-public API to add support. Today, Lollipop users with relatively recent Google Play Services are finding the new feature enabled on their devices as well.
Buried in the newly-located Google settings is a curious area called "Smart Lock Passwords." While it doesn't make its function very clear, once you try to sign in with one of the supported apps, it gets much more obvious. Take, for instance, Netflix, one of this feature's launch partners. After signing in as you would normally, Smart Lock will ask if you'd like to store your password for future use.
Now, at this point, you haven't really seen the fun part. Storing passwords is one thing, but making them useful is another. To demonstrate, I uninstalled the Netflix app and then opened it for the first time.