In this video Michael Tunnell and I discuss Bitwarden and why you should be using it as your password manager. We compare it to competitors like LastPass.
- Transfer From Lastpass To Bitwarden
- Bitwarden Export To Lastpass
- Export Bitwarden To Lastpass
- Bitwarden To Lastpass Login
- See how LastPass compares to Bitwarden. With password sharing, 24/7 threat detection, and account recovery in the event you lose your Master Password, LastPass comes out on top.
- Importing data to Bitwarden can only be done from the Web Vault. To import your data: In the Web Vault, select Tools from the top navigation bar. Select Import Data from the left-hand Tools menu. From the format dropdown, choose LastPass (csv) from the File Format dropdown.
LastPass is a veteran in the password management industry. It’s dependable and easy to use. But LastPass’s free plan doesn’t support cross-device sync. If you’re looking for a free LastPass alternative, Bitwarden might be the best option. Here’s why.
Compared to LastPass, Bitwarden is the new kid on the block. While LastPass is flashy, Bitwarden is understated and utilitarian. That said, Bitwarden gets a lot of things right, from its feature-rich Free plan to its reasonably priced Premium and Family plans, all while offering best-in-class security.
Bitwarden’s Free Plan Offers Cross-Device Support
Starting on March 16, 2021, LastPass changed how its free plan works. LastPass Free plan users will no longer have access to the cross-device sync support. This means that passwords will only be available on a single device and won’t sync between your desktop and mobile clients. To get access to the cross-sync feature, users will need to upgrade to the $3/month LastPass Premium plan.
On the other hand, Bitwarden offers cross-device sync support and unlimited password storage in the Free plan. In fact, it has almost everything that a user needs, including strong password generation, secure card storage, notes, and more.
Bitwarden Is Available on All Platforms Natively
LastPass is a web-first service, and it shows when you look at its downloads page. You’ll find extensions for all popular web browsers, but you won’t see a native desktop app (only Android, iPhone, and iPad).
Security-wise, there’s a case to be made for keeping your usernames and passwords away from your browser (which might be used by other members of your family). With Bitwarden, you get access to native apps for Windows 10, Mac, and Linux. The Mac app even supports Touch ID. There’s also a command-line client for advanced users.
Bitwarden Has a Super-Fast Auto-Login Feature
LastPass is designed to be easy to use. You’ll see that when you browse the web client (which features big images and buttons) and when you try to auto-fill passwords using browser extensions. When available, LastPass will present saved logins right next to the password fields. This is super convenient for beginners.
Bitwarden, on the other hand, takes a more utilitarian approach. It’s designed for businesses and power users. If you want to log in to a website with saved passwords, you’ll have to click the Bitwarden extension and then select the login from the drop-down.
But, at the time of writing, Bitwarden also has an advanced feature that automatically fills in saved login data the second you load up the login page. This is an experimental feature that you can enable from Settings > Options > Enable Auto-Fill on Page Load.
Once it’s enabled, this little feature leaves LastPass’s auto-fill feature behind.
Bitwarden Is Open-Source
Both LastPass and Bitwarden follow industry-standard encryption protocols using AES-256 encryption on their servers and during data transfer (which protects you from man-in-the-middle attacks).
Both services do not carry key identifiers. This means that if you lose your master password, there is no way to access your vault. On the flip side, it also means that there is no way for LastPass or Bitwarden to access your data (even if the service gets hacked, as LastPass did in 2015).
But Bitwarden has a huge advantage here because the product itself is open-source. This benefits the users in two ways. First, it means that third-party security firms can audit the code and make sure that Bitwarden isn’t vulnerable to a hack or attack. Bitwarden got a clean bill of health from security firm Cure53 in 2018.
Secondly, Bitwarden’s open-source code helps third-parties and communities build additional tools and clients. It also means that if Bitwarden ever shuts down, community members can create apps or tools that can still use the Bitwarden database.
Bitwarden’s Premium Plan Is Quite Cheap
For most users, Bitwarden’s free plan is enough. But if you like using two-factor authentication from your password manager app (instead of using a standalone utility like Google Authenticator), you can generate two-factor authentication codes right from Bitwarden using its $10/year plan.
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Bitwarden Premium also gives you access to 1GB of encrypted storage space. You can add more storage by paying $4/month for each additional gigabyte.
This is in stark contrast to LastPass Premium, which costs $36/year. It’s the same story if you consider family or business plans. Bitwarden’s family account costs $40/year with access to six user profiles. LastPass charges $48/year for its family account.
On the business side, Bitwarden offers a free account for two users, and additional users can be added for $3/month for each new user. LastPass charges $4/month for each user and doesn’t offer a free plan for businesses.
Making the Switch to Bitwarden Is Quite Easy
For most users who are looking for a free alternative to LastPass, Bitwarden makes the most sense. It provides the same functionality at a cheaper price. Plus, moving from LastPass to Bitwarden couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is export a CSV file from LastPass and import it into Bitwarden.
Done with LastPass? Make sure to delete your LastPass account.
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Transfer From Lastpass To Bitwarden
Whether you’re looking to make a change in your password management just because, or you’re a LastPass user annoyed with the service’s recent changes to its free tier, switching to the much-loved (and free) Bitwarden service is a good choice. Bitwarden is now the best free password manager for most people—since it works across all of your devices to add convenience and security to your logins—and setting it up is quick and easy.
To get started, head to Bitwarden’s site and create an account. It’s free to do, and all you need to worry about is giving yourself a solid master password. Make it a good one, and one that you don’t use anywhere else, because it’ll be one of the gatekeepers for all of your other passwords that you’ll store on the service. Once you’ve created your account and logged in, make sure you verify your email address using the option in the upper-right corner.© Screenshot: David Murphy undefined
If you’re coming from another service—like LastPass, for example—you’ll want to find a tool you can use to export your passwords. On LastPass, this is tucked away under the Advanced Options link at the bottom; exporting your passwords basically transforms them into a simple .CSV list.© Screenshot: David Murphy undefined
You then copy the list (which I’m not screen-shotting, for obvious reasons) directly into Bitwarden via the Tools menu > Import Data.© Screenshot: David Murphy undefined
Your passwords will all appear in your main screen, and should also synchronize to your various Bitwarden apps the next time you go to use them. To edit any of your passwords, simply click on the hyperlink for a given site or service. You can also use the gear icon that appears when you hover over each listing to copy your user name or password directly to your clipboard.© Screenshot: David Murphy undefined
Those are the basics of Bitwarden, but you’re not quite done yet. Click on the profile image in the upper-right corner and select My Account. From there, click on Two-step login in the left-most sidebar.© Screenshot: David Murphy undefined
Here is where you’ll set up two-factor authentication for your account—this isn’t required in order for you to use Bitwarden, but it’s highly recommended to keep your account secure from unauthorized logins. You can choose to have 2FA codes emailed to you to verify any login attempts, but I recommend you use an authenticator app instead. They’re similarly easy to set up, and act like a password manager for all your two-factor authentication tokens.
You might also want to visit the Options link on the lefthand sidebar, which will let you adjust your Vault timeout—as in, how long it’ll stay open from the last time you accessed it. Go past that time, and you’ll have to enter your password once again. Turn this down if you’re on a shared computer, and consider turning it up a bit if you’re feeling especially secure in your setup.© Screenshot: David Murphy undefined
Bitwarden Export To Lastpass
After that, grab all the Bitwarden apps and extensions you’ll need for your devices and browsers. Installing them is easy, and they grant you access to everything you’ve stored in your Bitwarden vault. In the case of your browser, for example, you’ll simply need to right-click on a password prompt to pull up your Bitwarden autofill:
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Bitwarden To Lastpass Login
And that’s it. Bitwarden’s free version doesn’t offer a ton of features—no checking your saved passwords for leaks, for example—but it does give you an quick and easy way to synchronize passwords across all your devices. What’s not to like?