Bitwarden Question and Answers

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  1. BasicGreatGuy, Jul 20, 2019
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    BasicGreatGuy

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    With the recent mention of Bitwarden on the forums, (due to 1Password angry customers over a update) I thought it would be prudent to create a thread dedicated to Bitwarden, where people can ask questions, receive help, and read reviews about Bitwarden.

    Bitwarden is free to download and use. There is no mandatory subscription. It is open source software that is available for review on GitHub. The app is also regularly audited by well-known experts in the field.

    Bitwarden does offer a premium subscription ($10.00 a year) with the following features.

    You can also find help on the Bitwarden community forums.

    "Upgrade your personal account to premium and unlock some great additional features.
    Everything from a free account, plus:

    • 1GB encrypted file storage
    • Two-step login with YubiKey, FIDO U2F, & Duo
    • Password hygiene & vault health reports
    • TOTP authenticator key storage & code gen.
    • Priority customer support"
    What is YubiKey and Duo ?

    Even though I already use 1Password and have for many years, I also believe in being prepared at all times. If something happens to password manager A, I want to be able to securely access all my important logins and notes in password manager B. Never ever rely on only 1 password manager. Always have a backup plan, not to mention a backup of your latest backup password file.

    This thread isn't about bashing 1Password or trying to say Bitwarden is better than all the rest. This thread is about the exchange of information and ideas related to online security using Bitwarden.

    If you have questions about Bitwarden, please ask. I know there are several members here who have been using Bitwarden for a while.

    If you have practical Bitwarden experience, please share, as it may save someone else some time and frustration when setting up and using Bitwarden for the first time etc.

    I think it would also be beneficial to provide honest "pro and con" posts about the various features of Bitwarden.

    If you are a current 1Password user, (or the user of some other manager) I have found that it is much better to manually input your information into Bitwarden, versus importing via the cv or Pif file. Importing the information leaves your newly created vault in textual shambles, and you will spend far more time trying to clean up the mess, than importing manually. Bitwarden does provide information on manually editing your current manager files with the Bitwarden format source file, for those who want to go that route.

    I have Bitwarden installed on my iMac, iPhone, and both of my iPad mini 5's. I have YubiKey authentication required for the iPhone and iMac, and I am using Authy for the numerical codes for the iPad minis, since they don't support NFC in this manner.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    I'm a current 1Password user and happy with it, but I'm open to other options.

    I read your post in the other thread where you mentioned importing and here as well. I have to say, without a reliable import into Bitwarden, I don't think I could make the migration. Manually entering all of my information would be tedious (and prone to error). If it was a clean import, I would consider testing it out, but short of that I can't see that as a viable option for me.

    I like what I saw on their website and the interface, and some of the features intrigued me. But again, no import is no go. Hopefully they will get that worked out.
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy thread starter Contributor

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    One user on the Bitwarden forums imported a small number of accounts at a time from 1Password and it worked much better for him. Do a little more reading on the Bitwarden site about Importing and try a little test. It may work out better for you, than when I tried a mass import, which rarely works well with any secondary manager.

    Edited to add: YubiKey support is coming to Safari 13 on MacOS (with 1Password). I haven't read anything about iOS support.

    I have been adding a small about of data each day to Bitwarden, which makes it a lot easier in the recliner. :)
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    When you tried a mass import, about how many passwords/entries are we talking about?
    I have about 350 entries, but I have no real comparison to whether that is a small amount or a lot?
     
  5. BasicGreatGuy thread starter Contributor

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    About 1,000.
     
  6. gaanee macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for creating this thread, this information would be very useful considering that many apps going the subscription route instead of one-time purchase. For something like a password manager, I prefer one-time purchase even on multiple platforms instead of subscriptions just for the sake of syncing between devices. Only justification for subscription-based password manager would be if I am going to use cloud storage or some other feature for which I am going to use their infrastructure.
    I have 1Password Pro on iPhone and once you get used to using a password manager, it's very useful. I have also installed Bitwarden and Enpass pro but haven't been using it because 1Password on iPhone doesn't provide a way to export your passwords. So in that case I will have to install their free version of Windows application if they offer a standalone installation and then sync passwords on iPhone with the Windows application and then export and import into Bitwarden or Enpass. It would be much more convenient if 1Password on iPhone offered export functionality but they may not have much incentive offering that making it easier for users to switch to another password manager.

    One question - how did you export your saved passwords, did you install Windows/Mac version and exported from there? And does the free version on Windows/Mac syncs all the passwords from iPhone, previously it allowed syncing only 20 entries with free version.
    In addition to .csv, it can also export to other format, is that any better?


     

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