Since I have been pretty busy recently, I have not had as much time to write new blog posts. While I am still constantly finding new things I love to recommend, I wanted to share some of my previous favorite recommendations. Over the course of this blog, I have now written over a year’s worth of posts (373 and counting), so you may have missed some of these along the way!
I am a huge fan of password managers because of the convenience they offer, as well as the incredibly tight security they provide. I am not a technology expert, so I cannot go into the exact details about the safety and security of Bitwarden. If you are really into understanding the ins and outs of technology though, this article goes into why Bitwarden is a great choice for a password manager.
Before I started using Bitwarden, I never really knew exactly what password managers did or why they were necessary. However, after seeing all of the recent hacks and data breaches, I thought that it was time to investigate what exactly password managers do. Basically, password managers store secure passwords (passwords that a human could never memorize), and keep them on file in case you ever need to access them. In order to access your individual website passwords, you need to create a master-password, which is the only thing that you can enter to unlock the password manager.
The best password managers are the ones that do not allow you to change your master password (which means that if you lose it you are screwed, but this is why you should keep your master password written down in a safe place). Some password managers allow you to change your master password, but this means that the company has access to it, which means that the data could be exposed in the worst case. It is a bit hard to explain, but basically the best password managers are the ones that do not have any access to them on their own servers without your master password. This is the type of functionality that Bitwarden offers, and it is a big reason why I choose to use it.
I think password managers will be commonplace at sometime in the near future to compete with hackers. Bitwarden has made my passwords and data feel a lot more secure, and a big plus is that it is free. Free may sound risky and unsecure, but the reason it is free is that it uses open-sourced software and is not run by a for-profit company. Open-sourced software is another technical terminology that I am not qualified to advise on; if you are really interested in using Bitwarden or password managers I would recommend you do your own research before officially deciding. Although I chose to use Bitwarden as my password manager, when protecting such sensitive data, I think it would be good to get completely comfortable yourself rather than solely listening to my suggestion.
Bitwarden Recommendation Rating: 5
This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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