Dashlane is one of a handful of companies that will manage your online passwords, and soon, it will be the first one to let you change all your passwords with a single click. Dashlane's Password Changer feature is currently in beta, but when it's finished, your passwords will even be able to change themselves on a regular basis.
Information comes by way of Dashlane's blog, which described Password Changer as the "antidote for future Heartbleeds." Security savvy readers may remember Heartbleed as the widespread Internet flaw that left users' passwords vulnerable on a variety of high-profile websites. If passwords change themselves on a regular basis, then cybercriminals getting their hands on old password repositories need not bother you.
While Password Changer is not yet automated, it does have access to more than 70 services. Changing your password is as simple as choosing the service you want and typing in a new password for it. The Dashlane software takes care of the rest. It can even integrate services with two-factor authentication, which makes reaching for your phone to simply update a password unnecessary.
A full list of services in the beta is currently available on Dashlane's website, and includes major vendors and social media sites such as Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Roku and Twitter. More services will enter the roster as Dashlane expands its Password Changer program.
Dashlane is comprehensive password management software, and as such, it costs $40 per year to use it on more than one device. Only premium users have access to Password Changer in beta, and it is not clear whether the feature will trickle down to free users upon its full release.
The Password Changer sounds convenient and, on the whole, much safer than trusting yourself to update 70 passwords on a regular basis. The flip side is that if a cybercriminal gains access to your Dashlane account, you can pretty much kiss every account — even ones with two-factor authentication — goodbye.
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