How Dashlane Makes 2FA Easy
Securing your accounts with 2-factor authentication (2FA) may sound complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how Dashlane makes it easy to set up and use 2FA.
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have…the state of cybersecurity today. The bad news? Unfortunately, security breaches and cyberattacks aren’t going away. But there’s good news, too: using a password manager is an excellent way to protect your digital footprint, and now there’s a way to take your security one step further—with 2-factor authentication (2FA).
What is 2FA?
You may have heard about 2FA or even turned it on in Google, Microsoft, or Amazon. 2FA is a type of multifactor authentication (MFA) that adds an additional layer of security to your online accounts beyond just a username and password. This authentication method goes a step further by requiring a unique token or push authentication to verify your identity when you log in to your account, and it’s becoming increasingly recommended for upping your security game.
|Q: “If you could fix one thing in the world in terms of cybersecurity that would make the world a better place, what would you fix?”|
A: “2FA, MFA, it’s ridiculous how many of these attacks come in because someone didn’t turn on MFA…time and time again if they would have just switched on 2FA, some of these attacks wouldn’t have been possible…the other thing is stop reusing passwords, but if I only get one, 2FA.”—Nicole Perlroth, Cybersecurity Journalist and Author, Lex Friedman Podcast, February 20, 2022
Why is 2FA important?
According to Verizon’s 2022 Data Breach Investigation Report, 82% of breaches involve a human element, like stolen credentials, phishing, and more. The report’s #1 recommendation to avoid becoming a target for these cyberthreats? Using 2-factor authentication. (Followed closely by #2: not reusing or sharing passwords and #3: using a password manager/generator.) 2FA elevates your security level and makes it harder for hackers to access your account.
How does Dashlane help you use 2FA?
Let’s face it—the best 2FA method in the world won’t help you if it’s super complicated and you’re not actually using it. That’s why Dashlane has worked to make our 2FA options headache-free and easy.
Here are a few ways to set up 2FA with Dashlane:
2FA for Dashlane
2FA for Dashlane is already in your Dashlane Password Manager app. This setting allows you to enable 2-factor authentication for your Dashlane account through a third-party authenticator app. You'll be required to enter a 2FA token, usually a 6-digit code, each time you log in to your Dashlane account or authorize it on a new device.
2FA for Dashlane benefits:
- Your account is already protected by something only you know: your Master Password. 2FA for Dashlane allows you to protect it with something only you have: your mobile phone.
- Using 2FA for Dashlane with a third-party authenticator app means you always have your token handy. Bonus: soon, if you choose Dashlane Authenticator as your third-party app, authenticating to your Dashlane account will always be just a push notification away.
Good to know: You need to have a time-based one-time password (TOTP) authenticator app installed on your mobile device to enable 2FA for your Dashlane account. We suggest you use Dashlane Authenticator, our latest standalone app. Read on to learn more about it.
Want to add additional protection to the accounts in your Dashlane vault? Then you’ll like the Authenticator tool—a built-in, revamped 2FA tool in the Dashlane Password Manager mobile app.
Authenticator tool benefits:
- Your Dashlane information is available across all platforms. So when you’re on your desktop, Dashlane autofills your 2FA tokens on your browser, so you don’t have to copy and paste or go back and forth between two apps.
- Lose or break your phone? Don’t worry—your 2FA tokens are backed up and protected by your Master Password. Unlike other authentication apps, Dashlane has your back and has your tokens backed up.
- Dashlane will suggest adding 2FA to all the logins in your vault that support it.
- Setting up 2FA using the Authenticator tool allows you to keep all your login info in one place, including your usernames, passwords, and 2FA tokens. And you can share your tokens the same way you securely share your passwords.
This standalone app pairs with Dashlane Password Manager, so you can quickly and easily set up and view your tokens. Plus, any tokens you set up within the Dashlane Authenticator app automatically get backed up in your Dashlane account.
Dashlane Authenticator benefits:
- Getting started is simple. Dashlane offers guidance throughout setup.
- You can view your tokens at a glance. All your account tokens are available in one place, so you can easily see which accounts have 2FA.
- Plus, it makes your tokens more accessible. You can pair the Dashlane Authenticator app with Dashlane Password Manager so your 2FA tokens will sync and be accessible in both locations. And you’ll never have to worry about losing access to your 2FA-enabled accounts if you lose your phone.
- It’s easier to log in to your Dashlane account from a new device. Instead of typing a 6-digit token, Dashlane sends a push authentication to your phone to verify your identity.
Dashlane Authenticator is available on the App Store or the Google Play Store.
Ready to elevate your security?
Here’s how to elevate your security while keeping all your passwords and 2FA tokens in one place and always in sync.
- For your Dashlane account: Turn on 2FA and log in with the Dashlane Authenticator app.
- For your vault passwords: Turn on 2FA and use it with the Dashlane Authenticator app or the Authenticator tool within Dashlane Password Manager.
2FA is just one way Dashlane can protect you online. Learn more about what Dashlane has to offer here.