Bitwarden is one of the best password managers out there and our Editor’s Choice.
|Synced passwords over all devices, Supports all common platforms, Great usability, Encrypted vault, 2FA, Unlimited entries|
|Can’t think of any|
Managing your passwords is a drag and it got worse over the last years with ever growing security requirements and multi factor authentication. Tools helping you organize and access your passwords are out there for a while but they struggle to keep up with the increasing complexity while still providing enough convenience for the users.
Bitwarden addresses all these factors brilliantly and quickly rose to one of the best password managers out there these days. It provides clients for all common mobile and desktop platforms, supports add-ons for all major browsers and even a powerful command line interface allowing you to write your scripts for your password vault.
The major usability factor though is that your passwords reside in the Bitwarden Cloud and are therefore synced across all your devices. Yes I know, why would you consider storing your password in the cloud? Don’t worry, all your data is fully encrypted before they leave your device, only you have access to it. Not even the team at Bitwarden can read your data, even if they wanted to. Your data is sealed with end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption, salted hashing, and PBKDF2 SHA-256. Read more about Bitwarden’s security here: https://help.bitwarden.com/security/.
Having said that and after using Bitwarden for half a year now, I never would go back to what I used before. All my workstations and mobile devices are synced now with my one and only Bitwarden password vault. A new password I create on one of them is instantly available on any other. It is just awesome.
Whether you use a client software or a browser add-on, before you can access your passwords you need to log in with your master password (or with your fingerprint if your device supports that feature). I recommend to make that one long and weird in your own personal way but so that you can still remember it. If you are still concerned about others getting access you can add a 2FA for your login.
While the client software is best suited to manage your passwords in general, the browser plugin is an intelligent agent that identifies the domain you are at and scans the page for possible login forms. Bitwarden offers you all corresponding matches it finds in your vault.
Whenever you login to a site that Bitwarden does not find a match for, it offers you to create a new entry on the fly. One click – done.
Sometimes you have several accounts on a domain. Bitwarden offers enough fields other than the username and password that you can use to more precisely describe the entry. You can give each entry a title, configure several URLs and free text fields. Different types of credentials (e.g. Logins, Secure Notes, Credit Cards and Identities) offer different fields for more specific information. Beyond that, you can organize your entries in folders to group certain types of entries together.
Bitwarden is absolutely free and claims to stay free forever. However, there is a Premium option available for $10/year that enables additional nice-to-have features like 1GB encrypted file storage and priority customer support.
Bitwarden is absolutely convincing and serves all your password management needs and more for free. No doubt that it well deserves our Editor’s Choice badge.