Bitwarden: a free and secure open source password manager for all your devices

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Bitwarden makes it easy to store your logins and passwords while keeping them synced between devices across all platforms

If you're looking for a password manager or an alternative password manager, Bitwarden is a good contender. It's open source with fully functional free accounts that include all the features you'd find in other password managers such as browser integration, secure password generation, access through a web vault, 2FA, the ability to sync across devices, and end-to-end encryption (Bitwarden uses end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption, salted hashing, and PBKDF2 SHA-256).

Bitwarden offers a variety of ways of accessing your data:
> WebVault is optimized for use on desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile devices
> Desktop applications for Windows, MacOS and Linux (no Internet connection needed to access passwords)
> Web browser extensions for Google Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi, Opera, Tor, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Brave
> Mobile apps for Android and iOS
> Web vault, accessible from any web browser

Data can be imported from a large array of password managers including LastPass, 1Password, Blur, Chrome, Dashlane, Enpass, Firefox, KeePass, Opera, PassKeep, RoboForm, Vivaldi, Zoho and more.

While the browser extension doesn’t auto-fill login information on pages when they load, there are two ways it will auto-fill login and password information. The keyboard shortcuts for Windows (Ctrl + Shift + L);  Mac (Cmd + Shift + L), Linux: Right clicking an area of a website Ctrl + Shift + L, Edge: Ctrl + \, and Safari: Cmd + \) will auto-fill login and password information brings up Birtwarden > Autofill (currently unavailable in Safari browser).

Auto-fill can be enabled for any website in Bitwarden - click or tap the toolbar icon, choose Settings, scroll to Options, and choose Enable Auto-Fill On Page Load. This is a small inconvenience I'm OK with because it stops auto-fill theft.

There are a few issues with Firefox in Android - logins don't auto-fill on all Firefox versions (LastPass has the same issue with Firefox Android). Bitwarden recommends downloading the add-on. It's a few more taps but otherwise works well. It's a work in progress and has been fixed on Firefox Focus with other versions being worked on.
Other than a few oddities (some sites Bitwarden will auto-fill my login and password, others it doesn't) I've been happy with this password manager. It's open source, so the code is transparent. It recently completed an audit and the few issues that were noted are to be fixed in the upcoming release (similar issues are found in other password managers).

As a side note, I ran into an issue exporting my data from LastPass. In their instructions, LastPass says to save your data in CSV format but change the coding to Unicode. That resulted in none of my data showing up in Bitwarden when it was imported. Exporting from LastPass as CSV with the default ANSI imported my data with no problem.

If you're happy with your current password manager or want to stick with one that has longevity and a history of security then Bitwarden may not be a good option. If your current password manager has issues or you're looking for a non-proprietary password manager that you can take with you (self hosting) then it's worth a look. You can have more than one password manager installed in a browser - I've disabled LastPass and run Bitwarden with no issues. If you plan on using two password managers, export your data so it stays up to date. It's a good idea in any case to export your data on a regular basis. I password protect and encrypt the exported file and store it on a USB flash drive.
If you're interested, you can find Bitwarden's code on GitHub.

Bitwarden Password Manager


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Have to add to the LastPass issues comments. Same here for past couple months especially since using smartphone more and
how it seems they want coin to create synch between desktop & android. Maybe LP can run independently of device with each having own database of saved passwords. Not enough time yet to determine that when can try this bw. For some reason I do think bw has been around for years? Wasn't it sort of popular even back when LP first began to expand like with Roboform? Robo had promise in beginning. Samsung also has a password saver option. And yes most of these do barf filling in on some sites. Usually those sites are either financial kind like bank or broker but sometimes it's matter of "high security" such as when MSFT or other won't allow filling in the data at certain points - happens when want to access Chrome's passwords. MS pops up wanting the Windows login name & password to verify that Chrome access. Learned to live with that. Thanks for the info.

If I recall correctly, LastPass has always charged for syncing between different devices - that is, you can sync between the same type of devices for free (desktop to desktop or desktop to laptop) but to sync a mobile device with a laptop or desktop requires a premium account. The same applies to mobile - to sync Android to iOS requires premium. Android to Android or iOS to iOS is free. 

LastPass doesn't function on Firefox/.Android for me. I haven't tried it in other browsers on Android after having so much trouble on Firefox. Before I stopped using it, I would log in to the web vault in Firefox and copy and paste logins and passwords to websites.

Not sure about Chrome and passwords, I don't enable any browser to store any passwords.

I believe Bitwarden was created in 2015 and released after a year of testing and development.

I installed LastPass on my laptop about three years ago. It worked well until it seemed a little unstable and quirky roughly a year ago. I searched and found Bitwarden and haven't looked back since.

I've been using Bitwarden for over a year and love it - never any problems.

I haven't been using that long, but I'm impressed by it's feature set, security, and developer response.
It's unlikely I'll return to LastPass. It's had issues off and on across all browsers on Windows 8.1 and 10 for some months now.

I've been reading the comments off and on at the add-ons page at Mozilla Firefox and the comments in the LastPass forums.
Many people are having issues.
I haven't seen anyone from LastPass respond to comments in places I've been keeping an eye on the comments from users. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯