Bitwarden

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Bitwarden
Bitwarden logo.svg
Bitwarden Desktop MacOS.png
Bitwarden Desktop Client on macOS
Developer(s)Bitwarden Inc.
Initial releaseAugust 10, 2016 (2016-08-10)
Stable release(s) [±]
Android2.18.0[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 27 April 2022; 24 days ago (27 April 2022)
iOS2.18.0[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 27 April 2022; 24 days ago (27 April 2022)
Desktop1.33.0[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 25 April 2022; 26 days ago (25 April 2022)
Command-Line Interface1.22.1[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 25 April 2022; 26 days ago (25 April 2022)
Browser1.58.0[4] Edit this on Wikidata / 25 April 2022; 26 days ago (25 April 2022)
Repositorygithub.com/bitwarden
Written inTypeScript and C#
Operating systemLinux, macOS, Windows, Android, iOS
Available inMultilingual
TypePassword manager
LicenseServer: AGPL-3.0-only[5]
Clients: GPL-3.0-only[5]
Some modules: Proprietary[5][6]
Websitebitwarden.com

Bitwarden is a free and open-source password management service that stores sensitive information such as website credentials in an encrypted vault. The Bitwarden platform offers a variety of client applications including a web interface, desktop applications, browser extensions, mobile apps, and a command-line interface.[7] Bitwarden offers a cloud-hosted service as well as the ability to deploy the solution on-premises.[8]

History[edit]

Bitwarden debuted in August 2016 with an initial release of mobile applications for iOS and Android, browser extensions for Chrome and Opera, and a web vault. The browser extension for Firefox was later launched in February 2017.[9] In February 2017, the Brave web browser began including the Bitwarden extension as an optional replacement password manager.[10] In January 2018, the Bitwarden browser extension was adapted to and released for Apple's Safari browser through the Safari Extensions Gallery.[11]

In February 2018, Bitwarden debuted as a stand-alone desktop application for macOS, Linux, and Windows. It was built as a web app variant of the browser extension and delivered on top of Electron.[12] The Windows app was released alongside the Bitwarden extension for Microsoft Edge in the Microsoft Store a month later.[13][14]

In March 2018, Bitwarden's web vault was criticized for embedding unconstrained third-party JavaScript from BootstrapCDN, Braintree, Google, and Stripe. These embedded scripts could pose as an attack vector to gain unauthorized access to Bitwarden users' passwords.[15] These third-party scripts were removed as part of the Bitwarden 2.0 Web Vault update, released in July 2018.[16]

In May 2018, Bitwarden released a command-line application enabling users to write scripted applications using data from their Bitwarden vaults.[17] In June 2018, Cliqz performed a privacy and security review of the Bitwarden for Firefox browser extension and concluded that it would not negatively impact their users. Following the review, Bitwarden was made available as an optional password manager in the Cliqz web browser.[18]

In October 2018, Bitwarden completed a security assessment, code audit, and cryptographic analysis from third-party security auditing firm Cure53.[19][20][21][22]

In June 2020, Bitwarden completed another security audit from security firm Insight Risk Consulting to evaluate the security of the Bitwarden network perimeter as well as penetration testing and vulnerability assessments against Bitwarden web services and applications.[23] In August 2020, Bitwarden achieved SOC 2 Type 2 and SOC 3 certification.[24][25]

In December 2020, Bitwarden announced that it was HIPAA[26] and Privacy Shield compliant.[27][28]

Features[edit]

Reception[edit]

In January 2021, in its first password-protection program comparison, U.S. News & World Report selected Bitwarden as "Best Password Manager".[45] In February, with competitor LastPass about to drop a feature in its free version, CNET recommended Bitwarden as best free app for password synchronization across multiple devices,[46] while Lifehacker recommended it as "the best password manager for most people."[47]

Critics have praised the features offered in the software's free version, and the low price of the premium tier compared to other managers.[46][48][49][50] The product was named the best "budget pick" in a Wirecutter password manager comparison.[43] Bitwarden's secure open source implementation was also praised by reviewers.[48][51] However, the software was criticized for its lack of additional features,[48][52] and some reviewers noted its basic and less intuitive interface compared to other password managers.[49][53]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Release 2.18.0". 27 April 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Release 1.33.0". 25 April 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Release 1.22.1". 25 April 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Release 1.58.0". 25 April 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "LICENSE_FAQ.md". GitHub. 22 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Bitwarden License Agreement". GitHub. 22 November 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Open Source Password Management Solutions". Bitwarden. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Installing and deploying". Bitwarden Help Center. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Bitwarden: Add-ons for Firefox". Mozilla. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Brave Features". Brave Software. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  11. ^ Brinkmann, Martin (1 March 2018). "Bitwarden Desktop App released". gHacks Tech News. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  12. ^ Stephenson, Brad (26 April 2018). "Password manager Bitwarden launches in the Microsoft Store". OnMsft. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  13. ^ Thorp-Lancaster, Dan (11 September 2017). "Bitwarden password manager extension comes to Microsoft Edge". Windows Central. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  14. ^ Daniel, Aleksandersen (13 March 2018). "Why I migrated from LastPass to Bitwarden". Ctrl blog. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  15. ^ Daniel, Aleksandersen (13 March 2018). "Update after 3 months with Bitwarden". Ctrl blog. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  16. ^ "The Bitwarden Command-line Tool". Bitwarden Blog. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  17. ^ Greif, Björn (6 June 2018). "Password manager Bitwarden now available in Cliqz Browser". Cliqz blog. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Bitwarden Completes Third-party Security Audit". Bitwarden Blog. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Results of Bitwarden security audit published". gHacks Tech News. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Bitwarden Passes Third Party Security Audit". the Mac Observer. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  21. ^ Cure53; Heiderich, Mario; Inführ, Alex; Kobeissi, Nadim; Hippert, Norman; Kinugawa, Masato (8 November 2018). "Pentest-Report Bitwarden Password Manager 11.2018" (PDF). Cure53. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 May 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Bitwarden 2020 Security Audit is Complete". Bitwarden Blog. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  23. ^ AuditOne LLP. (21 August 2020). "System and Organization Controls 3 (SOC 3) Report on the Bitwarden Inc. Password Management System Relevant to Security and Confidentiality For the Period January 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020" (PDF) (Audit Report). AuditOne LLP. Archived (PDF) from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2021 – via BitWarden LLC.
  24. ^ "Bitwarden achieves SOC 2 certification". Bitwarden Blog. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  25. ^ "Why use a HIPAA-compliant password manager". Bitwarden Blog. 7 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  26. ^ "Privacy Policy". Bitwarden. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  27. ^ "privacyshield.gov". Privacy Shield Network. International Trade Administration. 5 December 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ "Bitwarden on GitHub". GitHub. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  29. ^ "Unlock with Biometrics | Bitwarden Help & Support". bitwarden.com. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  30. ^ "Sync your Vault | Bitwarden Help & Support". bitwarden.com. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  31. ^ "Store Secure Notes, Credit Cards, & Identities In Your Bitwarden Vault | Bitwarden". Bitwarden Blog. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  32. ^ "Encryption | Bitwarden Help & Support". bitwarden.com. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  33. ^ "General FAQs | Bitwarden Help & Support". bitwarden.com. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  34. ^ "Sharing | Bitwarden Help & Support". bitwarden.com. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  35. ^ "Auto-fill logins using the browser extension". Bitwarden Help Center. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  36. ^ "Strong Password Generator". Bitwarden.
  37. ^ "Password Strength Testing Tool". Bitwarden.
  38. ^ "Ready Partners". Duo Security. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  39. ^ "Bitwarden Premium". Yubico. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  40. ^ "Using file attachments". Bitwarden Help Center. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  41. ^ "Bitwarden Authenticator (TOTP) | Bitwarden Help & Support". bitwarden.com. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  42. ^ a b "The Best Password Managers". The New York Times. 5 February 2021. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  43. ^ "Bitwarden launches SSO authentication to integrate password security with identity providers". Bitwarden Blog.
  44. ^ Kinney, Jeff (12 January 2021). "Best Password Managers of 2021". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 15 January 2021.
  45. ^ a b Broida, Rick. "This is the best free password manager alternative to LastPass". CNET. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  46. ^ Murphy, David (18 February 2021). "Bitwarden Is Now the Best Free Alternative to LastPass". Lifehacker. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  47. ^ a b c Long, Emily (22 April 2021). "Bitwarden password manager review". Tom's Guide. Archived from the original on 24 April 2021. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  48. ^ a b "Bitwarden offers excellent password management tools with great value". MobileSyrup. 2 August 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  49. ^ Pathak, Khamosh. "Bitwarden Is the Best Free Alternative to LastPass". How-To Geek. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  50. ^ Pathak, Khamosh. "Bitwarden Is the Best Free Alternative to LastPass". How-To Geek. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  51. ^ Rubenking, Neil J. (19 June 2019). "Bitwarden Review". PCMAG. Archived from the original on 7 February 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  52. ^ "Bitwarden Review [2021] — Open-Source, But Is It Good?". SafetyDetectives. Retrieved 6 May 2021.

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