Bitwarden review

Having been an avid user of password managers for as long as I can remember, I was an entrenched premium customer of LastPass for several years. It served me well with its multi-platform support, reliable sync and support for quirky authentication schemes, however as time went on I encountered more and more issues, and eventually I had enough and decided to start looking for alternatives. I put myself together a list of must-have features and started searching.

It became quickly obvious that password management is an industry with generally poor options. I toyed with 1Password but it was pricey and had limited platform support [at the time]. Dashlane was a promising contender, but I was already wary of trusting $COMPANY with the keys to my digital kingdom. What I really wanted was an open source option - I figured that would by extension solve my other hard requirements, specifically to have ownership of my data and the ability to back it up. I was seriously disappointed when the best option turned out to be the Keepass family of applications. So I gave up, for awhile.

Whilst trying to make peace with LastPass - not easy when your login data gets regularly corrupted and LastPass support refuses to engage on the issue - I stumbled across Bitwarden. With low expectations I started investigating the project and found what appeared to be a serious effort to build something with merit, in the open, and eager for feedback. The project was in early stages but I kept going back to see what progress was being made, and I was very pleasantly surprised. In the space of a few months, they’ve launched apps for just about every platform, addons for every major browser, and - especially promising - refactored the service to run on .NET Core. They started promising the ability to self-host, and sure enough, a few weeks later, announced a one-command install for Linux. I dove right in and have not looked back.

Here are the best things I like about Bitwarden.

If you’re a LastPass user, you could do worse than give Bitwarden a try. The cloud version is free to use, and there’s an import facility so you can pull in your sites from LastPass and other major services.