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EssentialJen's Essentials - Bitwarden Password Manager

A strong, silver vault door

Bitwarden is a password manager that's earned my trust!

For a long time, I didn't have the greatest password security habits. I let Google save and prefill my passwords, and I was a serial password re-user.

Repeatedly hearing about security breaches and the havoc they cause finally prompted me to bite the bullet and find a password manager to use. I quickly learned they are not all created equal. LastPass, a popular password manager, has been fraught with problems and data breaches of its own.

TechRadar, c|net, Wired, Forbes, and U.S. News and World Report have all given high marks to Bitwarden for their security practices, so that made me feel comfortable trusting them to protect my family's passwords. My husband's IT consultants were impressed and congratulatory when they saw Bitwarden installed on his machine, so I feel like my choice was validated. As part of this project, I also took the step of changing all passwords to a unique one for each login. That was quite a bit of work, but necessary if I wanted my passwords to be truly secure.

On our laptops, we use the Chrome extension for Bitwarden and it prefills passwords with just a couple of keystrokes. Similarly, on our phones, the passwords are prefilled with just a couple of taps. The program is easy to use, and there are options for segmenting password vaults belonging to different family members or for a business. Folders allow for further organization if you wish to take it that far.

I've never had my passwords so organized and easy to find, and it gives me peace of mind that they are finally secure.


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