Password manager advice
Hello BPN community! We have been using LastPass to manage passwords. In light of their data breaches, it seems prudent to change.... but to what? And before I invest time to change, I'm wondering are password managers still the thing? I read about a no-password future but don't really understand what that means and if that's a viable alternative for mainstream non-techy folks. Appreciate your suggestions, thank you.
Mar 20, 2023
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We've been using bitwarden to store our passwords and haven't looked back. It's free and open source which makes it that much more secure and powerful.
I (and a lot of other engineers) use BitWarden and am happy with it. It has a good browser extension and works well on mobile. Google has also been building better password-management tools directly into Chrome, so if you use gmail and google products, you get that for free there too. A "no-password" future right now generally means having the site/app send you an email or SMS every time you want to log in, which some people find more painful (and insecure) than using a pw manager, and a lot of sites don't support that yet anyway. The pragmatic approach right now is still to use a password manager, and let it generate a different strong password for each site/app. For the more high-value sensitive stuff (banking, main email, etc) enable 2-factor authentication, and do it with an authenticator app like Google Authenticator, not through SMS.
I've been using Dashlane for years. It's not perfect, but it was the only one that also offered credit card data as well at the time I signed up. Nowadays you can do that through a variety of ways. Dashlane and 1Password were the two recommended through the UC a few years ago.
I followed Wirecutter's advice to switch to OnePass and have been super happy - couldn't have been easier (auto moved my pwds) and they were running a promotion where they credit you back the price you paid for your previous manager, so it cost me like $5. Very happy with how easy it's been!
Same boat. I’m an apple product user and am currently switching to iCloud Keychain
I recently switched to Bitwarden from LastPass and have been happy with it so far. There are a few, very minor features that I don't think Bitwarden supports, such as auto-filling from an identity with a single click. But knowing that it is opensource and free, definitely glad we made the switch. Also, exporting the existing passwords from Lastpass and importing into Bitwarden was very simple.