I'm not being benefited by any means by writing this article. I just wanted to share my experience, using different kind of tools. All is based in my opinion after reviewing these password managers and shouldn't be taken as a suggestion to use one product or another.
As a developer I'm worried about the tools I use everyday and I took this space as a way of sharing my thoughts on it.
If you have some opinion about this post please let me know in the comment section.
So without further delay, let's get into the article.
Lastpass is a great product, that's all. If you have a paid subscription I think you won't have any problems with it.
The problem comes when you analyze the free version of it. Recently Lastpass has changed the way you can use it's free version. Now you can only access your data either by Desktop or by the mobile app.
So this weekend I decided to migrate from Lastpass. I researched a lot about the bests password managers avaiable and I had two requirements:
- It must be a full featured password manager:
- 2FA, Auto fill forms, web extensions, mobile app
- It must have a very good free plan
Finally I get with a PM (Password manager), that filled out these requirements, Bitwarden
- It's open source. Nothing is more free as in freedom
- It has a extremely good ecosystem:
- Web extensions in all modern browsers
- Mobile app
- Desktop app
- Even CLI tools
- An easy way to import all kind of data
- End to end encryption
- 0 data breaches until now
- Personal and Business plans
So if you want to migrate your passwords, follow the following steps.
First you'll need to create a personal account in Bitwarden. But currently the home page of Bitwarden don't show the create personal account button that clear.
So you'll need to scroll down up to the bottom and take a look at Bitwarden's pricing section.
As you may notice all the options are guided to create an organization account, therefore if you want to create a personal account you must click in the personal plans tab.
After that, the personal plans menu will be shown, and now you can create a free account by clicking the create a free account button.
Don't worry the paid plans are totally optional, and probably you'll get more of what you need with a free account.
Next you will be redirected to a signup page:
Advice: Create a fully memorable, long and secure master password. Since it's a master password you won't have any option to recover it.
Example of a good MP: MykeyBOARD-is#brokenSINCE2020
As you may notice it contains a lot of characters and numbers, but it's fully memorable, and there is a high probability of not forget it.
Now that you've signed up, you have to login with the credentials. Then you'll be redirected to your brand new Bitwarden vault.
Don't forget to verify your email.
At this point, you must login into your Last pass account and enter into your vault.
After that go to Advanced options>Manage your vault> Export
Click on that button and re enter your Lastpass master password.
After that, all of your passwords will be stored in
.csv file in your local computer.
WARNING: All of the data that is stored in that
.csv file will be just plain text. That means that your passwords won't be encrypted. So right after you import your passwords to Bitwarden (Or any password Manager), you must delete the password file.
This time I'll do it in the online vault, but you can do it with the app, or extension too.
- Go to your Bitwarden Vault
- Click on the
- Click on the import data option
- Select the Lastpass csv format
- Select the last pass .csv file you downloaded
- Click in import data
Now your Bitwarden's vault should have all of your passwords imported from Last pass.
If you have any errors importing the best option is to read the bitwarden Documentation
Choose and Install Web extension
Choose and Install Mobile app
To enable the Autofill as the Last pass app does, go to Settings>Auto-fill> and check the Auto-fill service label.
If you want to unlock Bitwarden with your bio metrics, go to Settings>Security>Unlock with biometrics.
After importing my passwords and testing out Bitwarden, and it's features definitely I won't need Last pass again.
So what reasons do I have to leave my Lastpass account with all of my passwords out there?
If you think you won't need your Lastpass account again I recommend you to delete it. Or at least resetting it, to don't store any sensitive data in an inactive account.
Bitwarden by it self looks, from my perspective, a simple to use and more intuitive product, and it has everything you would expect from a good password manager.
These facts, combined with the restriction-less of using both, mobile and desktop, the options we get from Bitwarden (CLI, extension, Desktop/Mobile app) and the product being open source, were what made me change from last past to bitwarden.