Bitwarden Password Manager

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Friday, February 14, 2020
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Description of App

Bitwarden is the easiest and safest way to store all of your logins and passwords while conveniently keeping them synced between all of your devices. The Bitwarden app extension allows you to quickly log into any website through Safari or Chrome and is supported by hundreds of other popular apps.

Password theft is a serious problem. The websites and apps that you use are under attack every day. Security breaches occur and your passwords are stolen. When you reuse the same passwords across apps and websites hackers can easily access your email, bank, and other important accounts.

Security experts recommend that you use a different, randomly generated password for every account that you create. But how do you manage all those passwords? Bitwarden makes it easy for you to create, store, and access your passwords.

Bitwarden stores all of your logins in an encrypted vault that syncs across all of your devices. Since it's fully encrypted before it ever leaves your device, only you have access to your data. Not even the team at Bitwarden can read your data, even if we wanted to. Your data is sealed with AES-256 bit encryption, salted hashing, and PBKDF2 SHA-256.

Bitwarden is 100% open source software. The source code for Bitwarden is hosted on GitHub and everyone is free to review, audit, and contribute to the Bitwarden codebase.

Version

1.22.0

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

No

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

12.2

Accessibility Comments

The VoiceOver accessibility is not perfect, but the issues that are there are minor enough that once you figure them out the app can be used easily.

After logging in for the first time, the main screen simply won't read. Rebooting your phone will fix this, and after that this problem will not happen again.
The main issue with this app is that there are some unlabeled buttons and tabs. The tabs are easy to figure out as switching through them will change the title you see at the top. So, from left to right the tabs are: My vault, password generator, Tools and settings. On the My vault tab, there are 2 unlabeled buttons at the top. The first one is search, the second one is add item. Finally, on the password generator tab, the controls to adjust how many numbers and special characters there should be in the generated password don't work particularly well as VoiceOver doesn't see the buttons to increase or decrease them. Other than this, all other fields while viewing or creating passwords are labeled clearly and work well.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments

Why would you use Bitwarden over competing, more accessible services? For me the reason I investigated the app is the fact that it's the most fully featured and maintained password manager that can be self-hosted. The app store description doesn't mention this, but you can run your own bitwarden server and synchronise your passwords to it rather than using the ones they provide, unlike something like OnePassword or last pass which on-top of tying you to their servers for storage also requires you to pay for a subscription. Bitwarden is also available as browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari as well as electron-based desktop apps for Windows and Mac. The iOS app will synchronize passwords periodically on its own thanks to push notifications, and because it integrates with iOS's password autofill API you should rarely need to open the app itself.

Developer's Twitter Username

@bitwarden

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