1Password vs. Dashlane vs. LastPass: Comparing Business Plans

We’ve done plenty of articles on password managers like 1Password, Dashlane, and LastPass. Great for personal use, but things get a bit more complicated when it comes to business use. Business accounts work quite a bit differently and therefore have different pricing and features.

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If you decide your business needs a password manager, it’s complicated sorting through the different available options, security features, and pricing structures. Instead, we’ve done that hard work for you. So find our complete comparison between these three services below.

1Password, Dashlane and LastPass Features

Despite being password managers at their core, all of these services offer some unique features that might be beneficial in the workplace. They all cover the basic fundamentals in terms of both security and functionality like digital wallet, autofill, password generators, and encryption.

Every team member gets their own vault as well as access to shared vaults as determined by the administrator(s). All of them also sync across pretty much any device imaginable.

Photo: Dashlane

However, one downside of LastPass is that it doesn’t offer desktop apps. The services encourages use of the browser extension or web app instead, which takes away from versatility a bit.

1Password, for instance, lets you store documents alongside your passwords for secure storage and supports Touch ID with the new MacBook Pros. It also has the most features that are specific to teams like activity log, password restoration, and fine-tuned monitoring.

Dashlane easily has the best UI out of the three, with colorful thumbnail images to help sort through different websites and logins. You can change this to list view if need be though. I’ve also found it to be the most accurate at detecting logins/forms online and filling in the appropriate credentials.

Dashlane easily has the best UI out of the three.

Both Dashlane and LastPass have something 1Password does not: a security dashboard. This provides an overall rating on the security of all your passwords combined. It also suggests ways to improve, like ditching repeat passwords, and can even automatically change passwords for you on certain websites. For all the terrific features 1Password has for teams, I do wish this was one.

Security

Of the three, LastPass is notorious for being the least secure. 1Password generally has the reputation of being the most secure. Dashlane is comfortably in the middle, but definitely closer to the latter in terms of security than LastPass.

Let’s get one thing straight though: all of these services do try pretty hard to keep things as secure as possible. They all use AES-256 end-to-end encryption. Your passwords are not accessible to the companies themselves and your master password for unlocking everything is always stored locally.

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That said, LastPass’s two-factor authentication was recently found to have some potentially problematic holes. All in all, if security is your absolute top concern, LastPass isn’t your best bet.

1Password and Dashlane are far better, but 1Password takes the cake. In fact, one of the founders of 1Password very graciously pointed out some technical security flaws of Dashlane in a Guiding Tech article I wrote last year, though they are minor. The minuscule likelihood of a 1Password or Dashlane hacking is no reason to ever lose sleep.

If you really want to drill down and figure out everything you need to know about security, I invite you to check out each service’s whitepaper — 1Password, LastPass, Dashlane — explaining all of it in painstaking detail. If you want the simple answer, it goes like this: 1Password > Dashlane > LastPass.

Pricing

While 1Password is the most secure, it comes at a cost. That cost is $3.99 per user per month. If you’re at a large company, that adds up pretty quickly. We’re talking hundreds of dollars per month. That’s also only for the standard business plan. If you want the pro plan for teams, which includes more storage for documents, custom groups, roles, activity logs and more, it’s a whopping $11.99 per user per month.

Photo: 1Password

Dashlane’s pricing model is cheaper and easier. It’s $2 per user per month for up to 100 users. From 100 – 1,000 it’s actually cheaper at $1.50 per user per month. More than 1,000 is $1.25 per user per month. It includes the same basic features as 1Password’s standard teams plan, though it doesn’t have activity logs, deleted password restoration, or document storage.

LastPass’s team features are more in line with Dashlane’s, but has a two-plan setup. For less than 50 users, LastPass recommends the Teams plan for $2.42 per user per month. Anything more and they recommend Enterprise at $4 per user per month.

1Password generally has the reputation of being the most secure.

While 1Password is the most expensive option on the list, it’s also clearly the best. It provides not only the most security for teams, but the most features. Document storage and password restoration among many others are extremely useful to have in the workplace. Plus, 1Password’s UI is delightfully intuitive. That said, Dashlane is a great second choice if you want to save money.

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