Monday, November 12, 2018

Dashlane vs True Key vs KeyReel

This is the second in our series examining why we decided to build KeyReel even though there are so many popular password apps out there already. This time, let’s see how KeyReel stacks up to Dashlane and True Key.


Dashlane is a cloud-based password app that allows users to sync account data across multiple devices on all major platforms. It also has a few unique features that set it apart from other popular password managers.

Users can change the passwords for all their accounts at once, which is useful when hacking is suspected. It can also find forgotten online accounts, which is helpful for “cleaning up” accounts so users don’t have sensitive information on sites they no longer use.

It is touted to be easy to use on all platforms, and better at web parsing than most other popular password apps. Credit-monitoring, identity-theft services, and insurance, and dark-web monitoring are a few of its Premium and Premium Plus-level features.

All these features make Dashlane a hefty app that comes with an online account--in other words. it’s one more thing - actually, several more things, if you get the extra services--to check.

The feature set also makes it nearly twice as expensive as most of its competition. Its free version is limited to 50 accounts per user, making the choice between Dashlane’s hefty feature set you appreciate but probably won’t use and a cheaper option like LastPass or 1Password clear.

Why wasn’t it enough?

We wanted everyone to have access to convenient, high security logins that had all the features we and our users wanted most. That meant it couldn’t be too expensive for most users to consider downloading on the spot.

Although the features Dashlane offers are useful, Dashlane does not solve the problem with giving a third party control over our data storage on the cloud. Large cloud servers are highly conspicuous targets for hackers. As software engineers and cybersecurity experts, we preferred to keep our passwords not only encrypted but out of reach.

True Key

True Key is a free browser extension for Firefox or Chrome. It logs users in using biometrics as well as a master password. True Key logs users in with a fingerprint, retina scan, or--in the case of Windows--facial recognition. It also has a password generator.

It automatically fills in the login data of every account accessed while the user is signed in to True Key. Passwords are stored encrypted, locally on a user’s device. It uses the cloud to allow account info to sync across devices, which True Key can recognize as the user’s.

With a True Key account, users can manage websites and financial information as well as passwords. Its free version has a 15-account limit, but it’s a good starter password manager in terms of simplicity and ease of use. It also has a password generator.

Why wasn’t it enough?

True Key has no native app for MacOS or support for the extension on Safari, which makes it inconvenient for Mac users. But the main issue that caused us to keep shopping is security related.

Although considered the future of security, biometric authentication is actually less secure than password authentication. Fingerprints, retinas, and faces--these are your passwords in plain sight. No matter how unique, once revealed, they can be copied.

Fingerprints can be transferred and printed, retinas can be hacked, and photographs or advanced 3D-models can be used without the knowledge or consent of the user. On top of that, none of these can be changed once compromised.


We built KeyReel to allow everyone to eliminate the ever-present danger of exchanging sensitive data over the internet. By making the iPhone the authentication key that stores passwords encrypted locally, KeyReel ensures your data cannot be accessed by any network and requires a special local connection to be accessed by your computer.

We believe passwords are the best way to keep accounts safe to date. However, KeyReel allows TouchID as a second authentication factor for certain sensitive sites (such as banking, medical, and other personal accounts).

This is because the first factor is a locally transferred request from one recognized user device to another. In order to unlock the account, the user must be in possession of both devices to verify using TouchID. But if you prefer, you can use a PIN code as your second authentication factor for specific sites instead.

However, transferring sensitive data locally can be done using KeyReel’s clipboard sharing feature. Use it to copy passwords and other data from your phone and transfer it directly into a desktop application’s login screen.

Above all, KeyReel’s focus is on the smoothness of the login experience. We want to make sure our feature set never gets in the way of our goal to make KeyReel the ultimate login experience, not another thing to “check.”

We’re going to be launching its premium version soon, so try KeyReel now! You can even import your passwords from Dashlane or True Key to make it easier to get started. Remember, all your data stays on your device, and syncs only locally. Ready?

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