This is a list of terms that we use in Dashlane and their meanings.

AUTHENTICATION - To be able to use your Dashlane account on a device, it needs to be authenticated first. Of course, there is no need to authenticate the first device on which you created your account, unless you reinstall Dashlane on it or cancel its authentication. Note that the Web app also requires a separate authentication when it is used while being logged out of your Dashlane account.

To authenticate a device, a temporary security code is sent to your contact email address, so make sure to always have access to your mailbox and to know the password to it! However, if you so choose, you can enable Two-Factor Authentication in the preferences, which will replace the email-sent security codes: instead, security codes will be generated directly by the Dashlane entry in your Two-Factor Authentication app on your phone (e.g. Google Authenticator, Authy, FreeOTP.)

AUTOFILL - This is the action of automatically filling any field or form. When clicking on a field or a form, Dashlane will display a small web card for you to choose what data you want to have filled in here. Of course, Dashlane is smart and will already know what type of data is required on each field! You'll just have to choose the one you want to use.

AUTOLOGIN - Dashlane can log you in automatically to your favorite websites. This can be disabled in the credential details, but once you have tried this, it will be hard to live without it! When multiple credentials exist for a same website, Dashlane will let you choose the one you want to log in with. To do this, it displays an AutoLogin pop-up. If you ever need to stop an AutoLogin action, simply double-click anywhere on the screen and the AutoLgin pop-up will disappear.

CREDENTIAL - The combination of your user name (or e-mail address) and password for any website which makes up your log-in. Note that Dashlane can also handle sites that require multiple pieces of information to log in. For instance: one field for your e-mail, one for a card ID, and one for the password. Enter them all and let Dashlane save them automatically for you! You can find and manage your credentials in the Passwords section of Dashlane.

DASHLANE BROWSER - The Dashlane Browser is our built-in browser for the iOS and Android apps. In order to use AutoFill and AutoLogin while browsing on your iPhone, iPod or iPad, or Android device, you need to use this browser. Unfortunately, Dashlane cannot yet work directly in other browsers on Android, but it does work on Safari and Chrome for iOS.

DOMAIN (subdomain) - A domain is the identification string that is used to name a location on the Internet. For example, our domain is A subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain. Its name will be added at the beginning of the domain's name. For example, you are currently reading a page which is located on our subdomain Dashlane allows you to assign passwords to specific subdomains and make sure they are never mixed together (for instance, if you have different accounts on and To do this, simply make sure the website address contains a subdomain and enable the "For this subdomain" only in the credential details.

EXTENSION / ADD-ON / PLUG-IN - These are the various terms for a part of application that is installed and runs inside your browser. It is different from the application itself, which is installed in the system and runs independently. Each browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) will require its own extension. For Dashlane to work properly, both the application and the browser extension / add-on / plug-in must be installed and active. Note that there is no extension on Android and that you need to use the embedded browser which is inside the Dashlane app on this platforms.

FIELD - This is the term we use for any individual entry field on a website where you can enter text. For example, a user name blank is one field, and the password blank is another. Together, they make a form.

FORM - This is the term we use for the combination of login and password, or any other fillable data, requested by a website.

IMPALA - The impala is our logo, our spirit animal. When you see an impala in a field online, it means that Dashlane recognizes the field and can interact with it. You can read more about this in this article.

MASTER PASSWORD - The master password is the password you choose when creating your account. It is at least 8 characters long, and contains at least one lower case and one upper case letter and one number. The master password is used to encrypt your data, so it cannot be read by anyone else than you (not even ourselves.) Make sure you never forget it, as we won't be able to generate a new one for you. For security reasons, the only way to use your account again, if you forget your master password, is to reset your entire account, thereby losing all your data.

PREMIUM - Premium is a subscription you can purchase to unlock all features instantly (e.g. Sync between all your devices, unlimited Sharing) and have all future features unlocked as well. Please read this page for a quick overview and for more information on how to subscribe.

URL - A URL is a string of characters that refers to a location on the Internet for a Website. For example, the URL for Dashlane is and the URL of the page you are reading is

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