How to use Bitwarden: an open-source password manager

If you have read my previous article, you know that there are many password managers to  easily manage your precious sesames . However, most of them are not open source (apart from KeePass ). We cannot therefore verify their integrity by examining their source code. We can only trust them and that’s it…

To remedy this, I decided to share with you an open-source password manager that I discovered not too long ago: Bitwarden . Let’s go !

Why use a password manager?

We use several passwords on a daily basis, which is why it is important, for security reasons, to use complex, random and varied ones. A password manager will make your job easier by securely storing all your passwords: social networks, bank accounts, email accounts, etc.

What is Bitwarden?

Bitwarden is an open-source password manager that you can host on your server of choice. Simply put, Bitwarden is a cross-platform open source solution for generating and storing your valuable passwords. Thus, no need to remember all your passwords, just remember the master password which must be long and complex.

Bitwarden is easy to access because it can be accessed from a computer, a Mac but also through web browser extensions available on Chrome , Firefox , Opera , Edge , Vivaldi , Brave and Tor Browser . A mobile app is also available on Android and iPhone . Finally, a responsive web version is also available via the site https://vault.bitwarden.com/.

Open source password manager

An open source password manager

One of the main advantages of Bitwarden is that it is open source. For a security tool, we will say that it is the bare minimum. It is therefore easy to access the source code which is hosted on Github . Feel free to audit it and contribute if you feel like it.

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bitwarden features

Two versions of this password manager are offered to you, one is free and the other is paid.

In the free formula you can already do a lot of things:

  • Using Bitwarden Apps
  • Unlimited synchronization of all your devices
  • Unlimited credential storage
  • password generator
  • Autocompletion

In the paid version at 10 dollars per year you have a little more:

  • 1 GB of encrypted file storage
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Customer service priority
  • TOTP code generator and key storage

Conclusion

Bitwarden is in my opinion an excellent alternative to famous password managers such as Dashlane, 1Password or LastPass. The little extra is that it is open source and that I greatly appreciate. For the rest, it’s up to you 😉

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