Published on February 18th, 2021 📆 | 8554 Views ⚑0
Bitwarden: A useful alternative to LastPass
I’m sure, by now you’ve heard of the management decisions of the folks at LastPass. The most popular password generator and vault service, is now shedding its user base by cutting down on useful features and cross-device implementation. You can still use LastPass for free, but for that, you’ve to choose between your favorite computer devices or handheld portable devices. Bitwarden is trying to accommodate the migrating userbase by offering a robust password security manager at unbelievable pricing.
Though pricing seems to be the foundation of any purchase, Bitwarden is not just a cheap and useless password manager. It is slightly different than LastPass, more benevolent than LastPass, and is free for a two-person team. Yes! Entirely free, no hidden costs, a plethora of useful password protection features without costing a single penny.
Is Bitwarden any good?
Don’t let the pricing tier of Bitwarden fool you. It is a good password manager, despite having an ill-structured business model that generates little revenue. Even when LastPass was the numero-uno choice and has an annual subscription plan of 33 USD, Bitwarden was offering the same for 10 USD. This kind of erratic pricing generates trust issues with the users, making them think of it as a deceiving tactic.
Bitwarden does not lack in functionalities. It offers a robust password vault that houses all your credentials which are only accessible by the master password created by the user. So, you only have to login once, to the Bitwarden application, extension, depending upon the platform, and you can sign in to your websites and applications with just one click. Apart from that, the only major difference that I observed between the free and the paid tier was the ability to share documents, and increase your cloud storage, which is by default more than enough for storing passwords.
Bitwarden is also open source so developers can play around with code, come up with better security mechanisms and find out bugs in the existing code. Bitwarden also allows third-party audits, something that most security companies are not complacent with, and calmly patches the vulnerabilities if any. In the year 2018, Bitwarden patched a vulnerability after being informed about it by the auditors. They are not hesitant to accept their mistakes and have a prompt response time to patch any existing security loopholes. What more could you ask from a free password manager?
How to make the switch from LastPass to Bitwarden?
If you have decided to bid adieu to LastPass, then you can easily trust Bitwarden with your passwords. The major problem arises now, as users may have a long list of passwords that may require manual re-entry of passwords into the Bitwarden vault. Luckily, LastPass offers a password export feature that is hidden in the advanced options. You can choose to import or export your vault, although you may only be concerned with the latter, and that’s it. Your passwords will be exported to a CSV file.
After creating a Bitwarden account, you can import the passwords from the CSV file you just exported from LastPass. Simply navigate to the tools option in Bitwarden and import your passwords in one go. That’s all there is to do to make Bitwarden your new password manager.