Jeff Bailey
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Lastpass to Bitwarden – Part 1

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Bitwarden has given me new hope when it comes to password management. Password management is high on my list of things I don’t want to think about, ever. I want my passwords to be secure, but I also don’t want to remember a slew of passwords. So if you’re currently using the same password for all of your accounts, I highly suggest you rethink that strategy.

I’ve been using Lastpass to manage those passwords for the past several years. In the beginning, it was a great experience. The various apps were stable, and everything just worked. But, unfortunately, as the story goes, the quality declined, and using Lastpass has become a chore rather than a delight.

I started cleaning my Lastpass site entries today. I thought it would be easiest to use the windows desktop app to do this task. Unfortunately, the app crashed as I was editing an entry. I’ve also used the mac client and found that to be a clunky experience.

Given my poor Lastpass experience, I went to my favorite website for alternatives, and I found Bitwarden at the top of the list. Installation of the google extension, desktop app, and android mobile app went exceptionally smoothly. In addition, I’m able to use the critical autofill feature that Lastpass provides on my S10 with the Bitwarden autofill feature on android. Bitwarden, by the way, is well documented, unlike the massive wall of text that Lastpass provides. So far, so good.

The Lastpass to Bitwarden import documentation was well crafted and easy to understand. I was able to get this done in a small amount of time. Unfortunately, others had the same experience and are more than ready to jump ship.

I’ll be using Bitwarden for the next several days. If it is more stable and provides the key features that Lastpass does, then I’m sold.

My key features are as follows.

  1. Ability to autofill logins and passwords on Google Chrome both desktop and android
  2. Ability to store credit card information securely
  3. Ability to share passwords with my family

I won’t miss that Bitwarden doesn’t have the desktop app feature currently since I only log in to a few desktop apps.

Here is my next article, Lastpass to Bitwarden Part 2, which details other experiences with Bitwarden.