Hi lasm02, yes it can be done.
dashboard user : create a custom group with limited rights, create a local epo user and add to that group.
autologin : this is little tricky. you can have your browser "remember" credentials. It's not quite autologin but should work. there is a default timeout. you can change Menu-> Configuration-> Server Settings-> User Session.
or manually change "session-timeout" in the file web.xml located in your ePO installation folder\Server\Conf
User session setting or web.xml is not user specific. so bear in mind, it will apply to everyone.