Bitwarden

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Bitwarden
Bitwarden Logo Horizontal.png
Bitwarden Desktop Client
Bitwarden Desktop Client
Developer(s)Bitwarden Inc.
Initial releaseAugust 10, 2016 (2016-08-10)
Stable release(s) [±]
Android2.7.2 / December 22, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-12-22)[1]
iOS2.8.0 / January 23, 2021; 34 days ago (2021-01-23)[2]
Desktop1.23.1 / December 2, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-12-02)[3]
Command-Line Interface1.13.3 / December 2, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-12-02)[4]
Browser1.47.1 / December 2, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-12-02)[5]
Server1.38.4 / December 17, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-12-17)[6]
Repositorygithub.com/bitwarden
Written inTypeScript and C#
Operating systemLinux, macOS, Windows, Android, iOS
Available inMultilingual
TypePassword manager
LicenseGNU GPLv3 and AGPLv3
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 CLI.[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 app for macOS, Linux, and Windows. The app was built as web app variant of the browser extension and delivered on top of Electron.[12] The Windows app joined 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]

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.[22]

In August 2020, Bitwarden achieved SOC 2 Type 2 and SOC 3 certification.[23]

In December 2020, Bitwarden announced that it was HIPAA-compliant.[24]

Reception[edit]

In January 2021, in its first-ever password-protection program comparison, U.S. News & World Report selected Bitwarden as "Best Password Manager".[25] In February, with competitor LastPass changing its pay structure in March, CNET recommended Bitwarden as best free app for password synchronization across multiple devices,[26] while Lifehacker recommended it as "the best password manager for most people."[27]

Features[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bitwarden Password Manager - Apps on Google Play". play.google.com.
  2. ^ "‎Bitwarden Password Manager". App Store.
  3. ^ Releases · bitwarden/desktop · GitHub, Bitwarden
  4. ^ Releases · bitwarden/cli · GitHub, Bitwarden
  5. ^ Releases · bitwarden/browser · GitHub, Bitwarden
  6. ^ Releases · bitwarden/server · GitHub, Bitwarden
  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. ^ "Bitwarden 2020 Security Audit is Complete". Bitwarden Blog. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  22. ^ "Bitwarden achieves SOC 2 certification". Bitwarden Blog. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Why use a HIPAA-compliant password manager". Bitwarden Blog. 7 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  24. ^ "Bitwarden Selected as Best Password Manager by US News & World Report". www.businesswire.com. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  25. ^ Broida, Rick. "This is the best free password manager alternative to LastPass". CNET. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  26. ^ Murphy, David (18 February 2021). "Bitwarden Is Now the Best Free Alternative to LastPass". Lifehacker. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  27. ^ "Bitwarden on GitHub". GitHub. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Auto-fill logins using the browser extension". Bitwarden Help Center. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  29. ^ "Strong Password Generator". Bitwarden.
  30. ^ "Password Strength Testing Tool". Bitwarden.
  31. ^ "Ready Partners". Duo Security. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  32. ^ "Bitwarden Premium". Yubico. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Using file attachments". Bitwarden Help Center. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  34. ^ "Bitwarden launches SSO authentication to integrate password security with identity providers". Bitwarden Blog.

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