There are millions and yet billions of websites exist in our world today. According to siteefy.com, there are roughly a 1.1billions websites that exist. Regarding those numbers, how do you manage your password?
Each website has its own database. You probably use the same email address or username or even the same password across all accounts. Forgot password? then you need to reset your password every time on every site you visit. Why go through the hustle?
+ Your offline logins.
What is this “Password Manager”? The idea is that you don’t have to remember all your different passwords for various websites or apps, instead, you just have to remember one master password as long as you using Bitwarden. Every modern browser already offers a similar thing, they stored your password. However, I did not like the default browser password manager. Since I frequently change to different browsers and sometimes use multiple devices. This is what I recommend instead:
Bitwarden, the open-source password manager
Bitwarden.com is a very great tool when it comes to managing your password. Personally, I have been using Bitwarden for almost 4 years. There was not even a single issue known from my experience.
Tutorial & How to Use
For this, I won’t talk too much about security, the safety of your password, or whether should you trust or whatnot, as you can find all of these on their official website and other sites that have been writing about Bitwarden since years ago. But I will explain to you how you can use the password manager efficiently. Basically, all other password managers are practically the same as the others, however, this tutorial will focus more on Bitwarden.
Step 1: Register an Account
First and foremost, you need an account to store all your credentials. Heads up and register.
Please keep in mind, do REMEMBER YOUR MASTER PASSWORD. That is the only password you need.
Thus whoever holds the key, holds the power.
Step 2: Download and Install
There are 3 types of Installation available on Bitwarden depending on where you want to Install the password manager. But in this tutorial, I will be focused on the browser (whereby the desktop and mobile functions will likely be the same).
Desktop, Browser or Mobile.
Step 3: Usage
The first thing you need to do after installation is to sign in with the account you created.
Sign in to Bitwarden browser extension
Click on the bitwarden extension on your browser and log in.
Great! once you sign in, you are officially using bitwarden for free!
(P/S: Please support the developer)
Open any website (first-time)
This step only needs for the first time. If you already have the password stored in Bitwarden, skip this step.
Open any website that required you to sign in or log in. In this example, I open Gmail.com and sign in button.
Before you sign in, manually store your password in the Bitwarden vault and saved it. If you already have your account there, Bitwarden will show small numbers on the extension, these numbers indicate how many logins you have on this particular website.
Sometimes bitwarden offered to save passwords for you if you haven’t stored them in Bitwarden yet. Mostly you need to store it manually.
Open any website (second-time and forever in time)
Well, if you already have a stored password in Bitwarden, what you should do is click on the extension, and select the credentials you want to sign in.
Additionally, You can right-click anywhere on the sign-in page select Bitwarden and choose your credentials.
Step 4: Additional Security
For this, I strongly encourage you to enable the Two-step login for bitwarden. As time goes by, you will have hundreds of credentials and sensitive info in Bitwarden’s vault. However, you are required to install Google Authenticator or Authy for this.
You made it! The longer you use Bitwarden, the easier for you to manage your credentials. You don’t even need to remember your password anymore. But don’t ever forget your Master Password! Even Bitwarden support cannot help you if you lost your password.
That’s about it!