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Sync Your DashLane Profile To Google Drive, DropBox, FTP & More..

For anyone that hasn’t come across DashLane yet, It is an amazingly awesome password manager, form filler and digital wallet. You get access to the entire set of password tools absolutely free, with a nominal yearly fee to sync your data to their secure servers. And while I’m a huge fan of DashLane, I’ve always kind of steered clear of password managers that encourage(or force) you to sync your information with their servers. It’s not that I don’t trust the company.. I really do. I just prefer to keep my personal information, well… to myself. So with that, I started looking  for alternative sync methods…

Only problem was, I couldn’t find anything from my ol’ friend Mr. Google! No forum threads or blog posts or documentation from the company. So Here we are, several hours of research and testing later and I can now sync my profile anywhere I want! muhahaha… *Ahem*

Right… so First things first – Lets Install DashLane.

 

Installing DashLane



1.) Download  & Install Dashlane.

DashLane_Install

 

2.) After installing DashLane, You will be prompted to create an account.

DashLane_AccountPrompt

 

3.) Create your account and Make sure to pick a strong password that you will not forget!

***If you lose/forget your master password, There is no way to recover it.

 

4.) After you create your account & login, DashLane should automatically begin installing the DashLane browser extension.

DashLane_BrowserExtensions

***If for some reason you do not see the extension in your browser – HERE are  further instructions.

 

A Method To The Madness


 

1.) First you will want to disable sync in DashLane.

Tools > Preferences > Sync

DashLane_DisableSync

2.) Then you will want to take note of where the profile information is stored.

Windows 7

 

3.) Next you will need to decide on the software you are going to use when backing up your Profile.

Essentially all we are doing is backing up the DashLane User Profile using 3rd party Backup Software. The programs I’ve chosen below, have been chosen specifically for the following reasons.

  • Create Schedule to automate backup / Folder sync
  • Version control ( only keep up to X copies of the backup in target location )
  • Free software
  • Tons of options! (who doesn’t like options?!)

In any case, Let’s pick a program and ‘get our sync on’.
[pricing_table] [pricing price=”Free” currency=”” title=”BackupMaker” moretext=”Download” url=”http://www.backupmaker.com/” window=”new”] [feature] Run As Service (add-on) [/feature] [feature] Version Control [/feature] [feature] Schedule Backups [/feature] [feature] On Success/Failure Actions [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] Backup Directly to Cloud [/feature] [feature] Encrypt & Compress [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] 2-way Folder Sync [/feature] [/pricing] [pricing price=”Free” currency=”” title=”Comodo Backup” moretext=”Download” url=”http://backup.comodo.com/download-buy.php” window=”new”] [feature]Run As Service[/feature] [feature] Version Control [/feature] [feature] Schedule Backups [/feature] [feature] On Success/Failure Actions [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] Backup Directly to Cloud [/feature] [feature] Encrypt & Compress [/feature] [feature] 2-way Folder Sync [/feature] [/pricing] [pricing price=”Free” currency=”” title=”Duplicati” moretext=”Download” url=”http://www.duplicati.com/” window=”new”] [feature] Run As Service (v2.0) [/feature] [feature] Version Control [/feature] [feature] Schedule Backups [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] On Success/Failure Actions [/feature] [feature]  Backup Directly to Cloud [/feature] [feature] Encrypt & Compress [/feature] [feature checkmark=”x”] 2-way Folder Sync [/feature] [/pricing] [/pricing_table]

 

4.) For the sake of simplicity, I’ve decided to use BackupMaker to finish showcasing the rest of the process.

Rather than detail the 15 step process step-by-step…  I’ve decided to document it in a short video 🙂

Download Location for Cloud sync Programs:

 

 

Recovering Your Profile


 

1.) Download & Install DashLane.

2.) Download & Extract the latest copy of your DashLane Profile & profiles.ini to the following location.

DashLane_Profile Location

 

3.) Restart DashLane & Login.

 

 

A Quick Word of Advice…


As with any Backup and Disaster recovery plan – the most crucial part of the backup process is testing your recovery process! If you are uncomfortable with any part of this tutorial, Please consider paying the annual $39.99 bucks to have DashLane Premuim automatically sync and take care of your data.

That being said, If you have any questions/concerns – I’d be happy to address them in the comments below!

 

 

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