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LastPass is a veteran password manager. It is reliable and easy to use. But the free LastPass plan doesn’t support cross-device syncing. If you’re looking for a free alternative to LastPass, Bitwarden might be your best bet. That’s why.
Compared to LastPass, Bitwarden is the new kid on the block. While LastPass is impressive, Bitwarden is understated and utilitarian. However, Bitwarden does a lot, from a feature-rich free plan to low-cost premium and family plans, while still offering best-in-class security.
Bitwarden’s free plan offers cross-device support
Starting March 16, 2021, LastPass has changed how the free plan works. Free LastPass users will no longer have access to cross-device sync support. This means that passwords will only be available on one device and will not sync between your desktop and mobile client. Users need to upgrade to LastPass Premium for $ 3 per month to access cross-sync functionality.
On the other hand, Bitwarden offers cross-device sync support and unlimited password storage in its free plan. In fact, it has almost everything a user needs, including creating strong passwords, safely storing cards, taking notes, and more.
Bitwarden is natively available on all platforms
LastPass is a web service that appears on the downloads page. You will find extensions for all popular web browsers, but you won’t see a native desktop app (Android, iPhone and iPad only).
From a security standpoint, you need to ensure that your usernames and passwords do not end up in your browser (which may 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 is 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 will see this when viewing the web client (with large images and buttons) and when trying to auto-complete passwords using browser extensions. When available, LastPass will display saved logins next to the password fields. This is great for beginners.
Bitwarden, on the other hand, takes a more utilitarian approach. It is designed for businesses and power users. If you want to log into the website with your saved passwords, you will need to click on the Bitwarden extension and then select a login from the drop-down list.
But at the time of writing, Bitwarden also has an advanced feature that automatically fills in the saved login details as soon as you load the login page. This is an experimental feature that can be turned on in Settings> Options> Turn on autocomplete on page load.
Once enabled, this little feature leaves LastPass auto-complete behind.
Bitwarden open source
Both LastPass and Bitwarden follow industry standard encryption protocols using AES-256 encryption on their servers and during data transfers (which protects you from man-in-the-middle attacks).
Both services do not contain key IDs. This means that if you lose your master password, you will not be able to access your vault. On the other hand, it also means that LastPass or Bitwarden cannot 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. It benefits users in two ways. First, it means that third-party security services can inspect the code and make sure Bitwarden is not vulnerable to hacking or attack. Bitwarden received a health report from security firm Cure53 in 2018.
Second, Bitwarden’s open source helps third-party organizations and communities create additional tools and clients. This 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 pretty cheap
For most users, the free Bitwarden plan is sufficient. But if you like to use two-factor authentication from your password manager app (instead of using a separate utility like Google Authenticator), you can generate two-factor authentication codes directly from Bitwarden using its $ 10 a year plan.
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Bitwarden Premium also gives you access to 1GB of encrypted storage. You can expand your storage by paying $ 4 per month for each additional gigabyte.
This is in stark contrast to LastPass Premium, which costs $ 36 a year. It’s the same with family or business plans. The Bitwarden family account costs $ 40 per year with access to six user profiles. LastPass charges $ 48 a year for their family account.
On the business side, Bitwarden offers a free two-user account, and additional users can be added for $ 3 per month for each new user. LastPass charges $ 4 per month per user and does not offer a free business plan.
Switching to Bitwarden is pretty easy
For most users looking for a free alternative to LastPass, Bitwarden makes the most sense. It provides the same functionality at a lower cost. Plus, switching from LastPass to Bitwarden couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is export the CSV file from LastPass and import it into Bitwarden.
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