Dashlane is perhaps better known for being a password manager. It is now on version 6 and with it comes a host of new updates and features that have been improved. One of the new updates is the addition of a VPN, which had us interested enough to want to conduct a Dashlane VPN review. We put the company under the microscope by undertaking an extensive test. So, how does the service match up with that offered by some of the top Virtual Private Network providers out there?
First and foremost, you do have to bear in mind that this is primarily a password manager with the addition of Virtual Private Network thrown in. This is a strange concept to us, as we have not reviewed this type of software before, mostly concentrating on the standalone Virtual Private Network providers out there.
Therefore, we were curious as to how it would match up with some of the top providers out there such as ExpressVPN, NordVPN and IPVanish. By the way, you can check out IPVanish review here.
- No log policy
- Supports unlimited devices
- A 50% hike in price compared to previous pricing
- VPN is only available in the premium version
- Cannot choose a specific server, only location
- Free version is very limited
- Speeds are far from the best
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Is it a free or paid VPN?
We started our Dashlane VPN review by looking at whether this is a paid or free provider.
Actually, it is both, but if you want to take advantage of the Virtual Private Network feature, you do have to pay for a premium plan.
With the premium plan, you get all the features you would expect such as unlimited password management, and you get a Virtual Private Network and Dark Web monitoring.
With Dashlane 6 being updated and new features added customers can expect a price hike when renewal is due. This is not going to please those who already subscribe and who don’t want, or need, to use the VPN part of the software. The premium subscription used to be $40 per year but is now $60 per year.
Our first Dashlane VPN test was for performance. We are concentrating on the VPN part of the software and it is important to note that it is using Hotspot Shield as infrastructure for the Virtual Private Network.
Speed is one thing we concentrate on when conducting reviews and this review is no exception.
So, how does the speed compare with the likes of ExpressVPN, NordVPN and even Surfshark, if you want to know more, read our Surfshark review here?
Actually, the speeds Dashlane VPN offer are far from the best. Most of the time, you will see huge drops in terms of bandwidth… which is not good if you want to stream or download huge files!
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During our Dashlane VPN test, we did not come across any stability issues, and there were no issues with connecting.
We would like to point out that if the server connection is lost, the software does not automatically reconnect. In addition, as there is no Kill Switch you are at risk of revealing your own IP address.
When reviewing Virtual Private Networks one of the things we look into is whether streaming is possible. So, what does our Dashlane VPN review reveal about streaming?
If you want to stream from Netflix you are out luck as streaming is impossible when the VPN is activated.
The company behind Dashlane claim in their FAQ that this is a known issue among Virtual Private Network providers. However, providers such as ExpressVPN, NordVPN and CyberGhost would argue against this as streaming Netflix is possible using their servers.
Therefore, we cannot recommend using Dashlane VPN if you want to stream specifically from Netflix, either at home or when abroad.
Other streaming services
During our Dashlane VPN test, we also found it was not possible to stream using Hulu either.
It seems that the servers of the VPN are blocked by many popular streaming websites. Therefore, if you are looking for a Virtual Private Network to overcome geo-restrictions you might want to look elsewhere.
One of the best VPNs for streaming at home or abroad is ExpressVPN, who offers servers that work in even the strictest countries.
All Virtual Private Network providers should offer superb encryption and security measures, so how does this one compare?
Where is it based?
The company behind Dashlane is located in New York. This may raise some concern, as the USA is one of the Five Eye countries who share intelligence with other countries.
One of the things a Virtual Private Network is known for is allowing users to remain anonymous, so being under the Five Eyes does not sound like a good idea for a VPN.
Dashlane VPN has a no-log policy in place. This means that the company does not keep a log of how you use the service. At the same time, the company claims they do not provide AnchorFree, the company who provides the VPN, with any information about users.
The only thing that Dashlane does track is technical information related to the Virtual Private Network connection. The company claims this is for them to be able to maintain the stability and performance of the connection.
Several protocols are used. However, these depend on the device used.
Protocols include OpenVPN on Windows and Android, IPsec on Mac and Catapult Hydra on iOS. AnchorFree developed the latter. However, there is no option to choose which protocol you want to use.
Which is not very good for our overall review of Dashlane VPN.
The company behind this solution doesn’t make it clear whether or not they offer DNS leak protection in the software.
What they do say is that all DNS requests are encrypted and made in the tunnel. Of course, this does not guarantee there are no leaks.
You also have to bear in mind that the Virtual Private Network part of the app is provided by HotSpot Shield, and while testing it… leaks and vulnerabilities have been revealed.
A popular use of a Virtual Private Network is when torrenting, so we have included this in our Dashlane VPN review. The company states that the software can be used for P2P file sharing; however, port forwarding is not supported by the VPN.
However, we would not recommend Dashlane VPN for use when torrenting and instead would choose from one of the more established VPN providers out there. ExpressVPN, NordVPN or CyberGhost are great and safe choices for using when torrenting to avoid DMCA notices.
If you have a passion for torrenting, you might want to check out our list of the best torrent websites and take a plan with a standalone Virtual Private Network provider.
We cannot recommend Dashlane VPN as a good choice of Virtual Private Network if you want to overcome censorship.
We say this because when conducting our Dashlane VPN test it became clear that some websites do block the servers, this included Netflix and Hulu.
Another downfall is a lack of choice of server, which means you cannot spoof your location. In addition, there is no Kill Switch feature. This means your own IP address is discoverable and of course, the encryption ceases.
If you want to safely overcome censorship, we recommend you go with ExpressVPN. The provider is among the few who can bypass censorship in even the strictest countries.
Countries and servers
The more countries and servers offered the better the chances are that you can find a server close to your location. So, what did we find out about countries and servers in our Dashlane VPN review?
The company is not very open in regards to the number of servers offered. You cannot choose an actual server, only the server location.
We did find they offer servers in 20 plus locations around the world. However, this is a small number when you consider that ExpressVPN offers more than three thousand servers in over 160 locations scattered in 90+ countries around the globe.
As the number of servers is only small, the servers are likely to be congested with users and this can lead to a drop in speed or issues connecting.
Compatible devices and connections
We looked into the devices supported by the service as part of our Dashlane VPN review. We also looked into how many simultaneous connections were offered.
When compared to other standalone providers support for devices is low.
Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS are all supported. However, this is a big let-down as most providers offer support for a wide range of devices including routers, PlayStation, Linux, browsers and more.
There is some good news in our testing. Premiums plans have unlimited simultaneous connections. This means that all the family can use a single plan.
However, if you want a standalone VPN that offers unlimited simultaneous connections and a great deal more than Dashlane, you might consider Surfshark.
Customer support is something we take seriously when undertaking reviews and our Dashlane VPN test is no exception.
As expected premium users of the software, get priority support. There is a help centre on the website of the company; here you can search for help and support. There is also a web form and chat support available from the website.
Of course, you do have to bear in mind that primarily the app is a password manager. We did not contact support so have no idea if staff have experience with Virtual Private Networks.
Value for money
Our Dashlane VPN review would not be complete without us looking into whether or not it is good value for money. So, how does it compare with other providers?
It is difficult undertaking a price comparison between Dashlane and other providers due to the fact the Virtual Private Network is not a standalone app, it built into the password manager.
It is important to note that with the free account you do not get a VPN.
For $3.33 per month, billed annually at $39.99, you get:
- a Virtual Private Network
- Unlimited password storage
- Password synchronisation
- Form and payment autofill
- Dark web monitoring.
With the Premium Plus plan for $9.99 a month billed at $119.88 annually, you get all of the above and credit monitoring.
When you consider you can get protection from a standalone provider for just a few dollars per month unless you specifically need a password manager and VPN, the prices cannot be justified.
You can purchase Dashlane VPN using a debit or credit card and the company accepts payment through PayPal.
Premium and premium plus versions of the software have a 30-day money-back guarantee
We are conducting our Dashlane VPN review based on the VPN service it provides. However, the software does offer much more than a Virtual Private Network.
For one it works as an excellent password manager to securely store all your passwords if you take out a premium plan.
You also get “instant form” so you do not have to fill in forms online. Payment autofill fills in your payment details.
The software also offers dark web monitoring. This will warn you if a scan has picked up any leaked or stolen data. You can then take action straight away and protect accounts.
Our Dashlane VPN test results and review are somewhat mixed. It does have many great features. However, most are based around keeping passwords safe and secure and automatically filling in forms.
To be able to take advantage of the VPN part of the software you do have to pay for a premium account. When considering this there are many standalone providers that offer you much more for your money.
If you are looking for a password manager with added extras and a Virtual Private Network added on, Dashlane might be worth considering. However, if you want full-blown VPN protection and all the benefits that come with it, check out ExpressVPN, NordVPN or CyberGhost.
Alison has joined the team in the early stage because she wanted to share with us the experience she had while using VPNs over the last few years. As she’s travelled a lot, she tested many VPNs and wanted to share this with you. Alison cares about staying anonymous and not leaving any footprints on the internet. Therefore, you won’t have the chance to see her face ;).