How to use Dashlane Business to monitor your security

This article is tailored for Dashlane Business users. If you are using Dashlane Free or Dashlane Premium, please click here.

The new Security Dashboard: Focused on what matters most

Dashlane's Security Dashboard is the easiest way for you to assess and improve the security of all of your passwords. But some online accounts, such as your banking, email, or work-related accounts, are more important than others. We designed the new Security Dashboard to help you focus on protecting those accounts first.

We've updated the way Dashlane evaluates the strength of your passwords, and we've streamlined how your security performance is displayed. Some changes will be more obvious than others, but all of them are designed to help you improve your security where it matters most.

Note that the Security Dashboard is currently only available on Windows and Mac OS X.

What you'll see in the new Security Dashboard

The Security Score is displayed at the top of the Security Dashboard to give you an overall sense of how you're doing. Note that the scores and analysis provided for your passwords apply only to the accounts within your current Space. The image below shows how different scores are calculated for both Spaces together, only the user's company passwords, and only their personal passwords.

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How your Security Score is calculated

Your Security Score is based on the following factors:

  • Are any of your passwords currently compromised?
  • Have you reused similar passwords?
  • Are your passwords weak?

Note that your critical accounts are given more weight. Also, you will not be given a Security Score for your business or personal Spaces if you have fewer than five accounts in them, though you will be given an overall score if there is a total of five or more accounts across both Spaces.

Underneath the Security Score you'll notice four tabs for passwords: Compromised, Reused, Weak, and Excluded. In each case, you will see a number indicating how many accounts are in each tab. Here again, the accounts listed in the tabs are those within your current Space.

Finally, on the far-right you're given the option to “only show critical accounts”.

Each feature is discussed more fully below.

Are any of your passwords compromised?

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Dashlane sends instant security alerts when sites are breached and your passwords compromised. These accounts will appear under the first tab.

In addition to the compromised accounts themselves, Dashlane determines if any of your other accounts use the same or similar passwords as the compromised accounts, and considers these passwords compromised as well.

Note that if you changed your password after the date the breach itself took place, that account will not be considered compromised and you will not be notified of the breach.

We strongly encourage you to change your compromised passwords as soon as possible.

Have you reused similar passwords?

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Many people reuse or introduce small variations into the same password for different websites. Using a password more than once is one of the main reasons people have multiple online accounts broken into at once. 

The Security Dashboard will lower your score if any of your passwords are determined to be too similar. It's easy to see where you've reused passwords, as your accounts that share similar passwords are grouped together.

We recommend you use Dashlane's Password Generator to generate a new and unique password for each of your accounts.

It's important to understand that people who steal your personal data generally are not trying to figure out your passwords — their computers are. Differences that seem important to a human may be trivial for a computer. Dashlane uses a measure of difference called Levenshtein Distance with a limit of 3 to ensure that your passwords are meaningfully different from one another.

Are your passwords weak?

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People who steal your personal data care a lot about the tricks we use to make our passwords easy to remember, and they try those first.

To judge the strength of your passwords, Dashlane uses an open-source method called “zxcvbn”. Simply put, it allows Dashlane to judge the strength of your password against over 30,000 of the most common passwords, words, names, keyboard patterns, dates, and more.

We recommend you use Dashlane’s Password Generator to create the strongest password each website will allow. 

Excluding accounts from your Security Score

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If you would like to exclude an account from being a part of your Security Score, you can click on the small "×" on the far-right when you roll over an account.

This will remove this account from your Security Score calculation and add it to the Excluded tab in your Security Dashboard. If you later want to undo an exclusion, simply click on "Include" on the far-right when you rollover the account on the Excluded tab.

Reasons to exclude accounts might be because someone has shared a password with you that you cannot change yourself, the website does not allow for a more secure password, or you are obliged to use the same password on more than one account, such as with Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Are you protecting your most important websites?

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The switch on the far right, "Only show critical accounts", will filter the accounts in each tab. Because they often handle your most important data, Dashlane Business defines five kinds of websites as critical: Business, Finance, Shopping, Health, and Social Media.

You may recognize these categories, since they are applied by default to those websites when you add them to your Dashlane. Note that a website’s importance is based on our own classification. If you change a website’s category in your Dashlane, either by adding it to or removing it from these five default categories, it will not affect how important it is for your Security Score. Admins, note that forcing accounts into your business Space will not affect their importance.

We recommend you change the passwords for all of your accounts under the Compromised, Reused, and Weak tabs, especially those classified as critical. 

Security Scores in the Admin Console

Every Business account admin has access to an Admin Console that features an overview of the organization's security.

On the Users tab, you will first find the overall Security Score for your organization. This global score is defined as the average of the individual Security Scores of all the members of the Business account. You will also see the individual Security Score for each user on your Business account. Note that this Security Score is only based on passwords stored under Business Spaces, in order to safeguard your users' privacy.

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The bottom line

Use Dashlane to manage your passwords. Regularly check your Security Dashboard and use it to easily identify where your security needs the most attention. Use the Password Generator when changing your passwords.

We also recommend:

  • Enabling Two-Factor Authentication to add an extra layer of security to your Dashlane account
  • Deleting passwords that are stored in your browsers. Once they are in Dashlane, there’s no longer any need to store them in your browser where others may obtain access to them. 
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