Bitwarden VS LastPass: Switch to Open Source?

Bitwarden VS LastPass Switch To Open Source

Password Managers play a vital role in the current digital era. With Password Managers, you can be able to achieve the strong, secure, and unique password policy for your credentials on various accounts. Password managers help you manage your passwords easily. They do this by not only letting you memorize one password termed as a Master Password but also enables you to access your list of all passwords. It does not get any easier than that.

LastPass and Bitwarden are both well-known utilities that help you with password management. LastPass has a massive number of users and entered the market much earlier. But that does not mean that the legacy program edges out the new player in the industry – for this case, Bitwarden.

In this article, we will look at both stating both their various pros and cons, main features offered, and what makes each software unique in its way. And we will also determine if its the right time you should be considering open-source instead.

Bitwarden VS LastPass Switch To Open Source
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Ease of Use: Bitwarden vs LastPass

LastPass is easy to use. On sign up the program asks you to fill in the credentials that you will use when logging in. Your email address will be verified, and that is good since your email will be used just in case you forget your master passwords.

Bitwarden, on the other hand, is also easy to use in comparison with other password managers. The sign-up process is pretty straightforward. Just download the app and sign up in-app. But the only disadvantage is that the program does not let you import your passwords directly from another password manager. To import passwords from another password manager, here is what you need to do. Firstly, export your passwords from the old password manager. Then, import them using Bitwarden’s Web-Vault feature.

Bitwarden VS LastPass Switch To Open Source
LastPass login page

Availability: Bitwarden vs LastPass

Like most programs these days, Bitwarden and LastPass have support for various types of operating systems available on the market. Bitwarden has support for mobile – both Android and iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux. Additionally, since the program is open-source, you can compile the source-code yourself which is available on Ubuntu Software Center. Besides, Bitwarden also has browser extensions to the commonly used browsers, including Google’s Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Brave, Tor browser, Vivaldi, and Microsoft Edge.

Besides, Bitwarden also offers you a unique feature termed web-vault. What Web-vault does is it enables you to access your passwords and other credentials stored on the platform using the function from any browser. Although using the web-vault can pose security a security threat even though end-to-end encryption is embraced. Sadly, it is the only way you can import passwords from other password managers.

LastPass is available on mobile (Android and iOS), Windows, macOS, and Linux. The program is also available on commonly used browsers like Google’s Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Brave, Tor browser, and Microsoft Edge.

Bitwarden VS LastPass Switch To Open Source
Bitwarden login page

Security: Bitwarden vs LastPass

Because password managers store the keys to your various online accounts, it is a need that these programs install security measures to keep these credentials securely. LastPass relies on the AES-256 bit encryption with PBKDF2 SHA-256 and salted hashes in storing credentials safely. Bitwarden uses an end-to-end encryption system. Bitwarden employs AES-356 cipher and additionally relies on PBKDF2 is used to derive the encryption key from the master password set, which is usually salted and hashed using SH-256 like LastPass. And what is even good about Bitwarden’s security protocol is that a third-party security audit reviewed the end to end encryption system and it passed.

Like any other password managers, both LastPass and Bitwarden help you store unlimited passwords. You can also sync them as well across all your devices. You can also add a layer of security on your Bitwarden and LastPass account using two-factor authentication. For 2FA, you can rely on Authentication apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, and also hardware tools like YubiKey. Bitwarden also allows 2FA via email verification.

For additional security, both LastPass and Bitwarden issue security warnings if your credentials match any of the leaked credentials on online databases of leaked passwords.

Bitwarden VS LastPass Switch To Open Source
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Password Generator: Bitwarden vs LastPass

Both Bitwarden and LastPass enable you to generate a secure password on the sign-up process of various accounts online.

Auto-fill: Bitwarden vs LastPass

Autofill is both available on LastPass and Bitwarden. With the auto-filling feature, you can be able to fill your credentials automatically. These have been made possible by the two password manager programs formatting any entry type in a suitable format. Using either of the two, you can be able to auto-fill passwords, web forms, and even card details.

Open-Source: Bitwarden vs LastPass

LastPass is not an open-source while Bitwarden is 100% open source. That means a lot to security-conscious people. Besides, that is not just to privacy-conscious users but also touches anyone considering that the program is free. Who does not love free anyway?

Initially, we had talked about Bitwarden using an end-to-end encryption protocol for security and relies on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud to host accounts. But if it does not sound that “secure” to you, Bitwarden also offers you the keys to be your own “warden.” The good news is that you can choose to self-host on a rented or home server of your own using Docker’s open-source framework.

Bitwarden VS LastPass Switch To Open Source
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Pricing: Bitwarden vs LastPass

On pricing, Bitwarden is an open-source program; thus using it is free. The free plan is as generous as it can be and will prove beneficial for most casual users. At the same time, keep in mind that Bitwarden is a commercial venture. That means as much as the core product is free and open-source, you can willingly opt to support the developer by paying a low fee of $10 per year.

LastPass also has a free model that is generous in its unique way but more advanced features are locked behind the paywall. For the LastPass premium, you will have to fork out three times plus more – $36 per year.

Bitwarden’s core product includes the following; device syncing capabilities, storage of unlimited items, i.e., logins, secure notes, cards and identities in your vault, two-factor authentication and also gives you the option to self-host your password vault.

Ponying $10 to the developer will top up your features to include the following;

  • 1GB encrypted file storage
  • Two-step login with YubiKey, U2F, and Duo
  • Password hygiene and vault health reports
  • Priority customer support

LastPass Premium Includes the following features;

  • Emergency access
  • One-to-many sharing
  • Advanced multi-factor options
  • Priority tech support
  • LastPass for Applications
  • 1 GB encrypted file storage
  • Access on all devices
  • One-to-one sharing
  • Save & fill passwords
  • Password generator
  • Secure notes
  • Security challenge
  • Multi-factor authentication
Bitwarden VS LastPass Switch To Open Source
Bitwarden plans

Customer Support: Bitwarden vs LastPass

Having a knowledge base with all the relevant answers on frequent issues raised by customers has been embraced by both LastPass and Bitwarden. Apart from that, LastPass also offers support via their online forums that are quite active. Bitwarden also has an online discussion in which the developer is one of the active participants.

Additionally, you can also use email to reach the developer or via social media channels (Github, Twitter, and Facebook). The developer takes a day to reply, and that is great given that it’s a one-person show.

Turning back to LastPass, the program also offers support via email or via using any of their official Social media accounts.

Bitwarden VS LastPass Switch To Open Source

Bitwarden Pros

  • Free
  • Supports all the popular platforms and browsers
  • Two-factor authentication available
  • Generate password and fill forms
  • Allows self-hosting
  • Web-vault support

Bitwarden Cons

  • Password importation is not one-step
  • Reported issues concerning its browser extensions

LastPass Pros

  • Supports all the popular platforms and browsers
  • Two-factor authentication available
  • Generate password and fill forms
  • Easy password importation when switching programs
  • Password sharing with verified users

LastPass Cons

  • Not Open source
  • Expensive as compared to Bitwarden
  • No self-hosting allowed
  • Poor desktop app
Bitwarden VS LastPass Switch To Open Source
LastPass plans

Comparing the various features we have covered above, both of these password managers pack what an average user could consider while choosing a program to store his/her passwords securely. LastPass is not open-source while Bitwarden is open-source. Plus because you can self-host your passwords, that means a lot to privacy-conscious individuals. And even for the regular users – both programs offer satisfactory functionality needed from any password manager.

Thank you for reading! Looking for more on security management in your business? Be sure to check out “1Password Vs LastPass: Features and Pricing” to compare more security systems.

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