Bitwarden Password Manager

Bitwarden

A few months ago I wrote about LastPass. My view for the need of a password keeper hasn’t changed but I have changed a little about LastPass and discovered Bitwarden an open-source program it does the same thing.

Some years ago last pass was bought by LogMeIn and it increased its yearly rate from $12 to $36 for the paid version. I used to pay $12 a year and found that reasonable but 36 is a stretch. A short search for reviews of Logmein shows that it has been behaving much like the old AOL it’s hard to stop their service once you begin paying for it. Basically, the only way to stop is to cancel whatever credit card was used to pay for it.

Bitwarden is an open-source program. For me that’s a plus. And after using it several weeks I found it behaves pretty much the same as Lastpass. When you register at a new site it offers to keep your information, and also offers a password generator to create a secure password for you.

Lastpass

lastpass

On any system there are tools I feel I always need, Lasspass is one of those tools.

Using computers means using security and that means passwords. And good passwords are about impossible to remember, so, Lastpass. Make one GOOD password you will remember and Lasspass will help you make good ones for all the sites you visit and it will remember them. Even better once it has your login information and you have logged into it visiting a site will just mean opening the site and hitting Login, the information will already be in their fields.

My new (used) Chromebook

It’s been two weeks now since I bought a Chromebook on Craigslist. I have thought about it for some time, one I had seen at my PC User group meeting looked like it might be useful. I was waiting to see one for less than $100 and a Samsung showed up and I bought it.

The first thing I noticed was how quickly it started. Flash memory replaces the hard drive, no moving parts!

The second was the keyboard is not a normal PC board. The F keys are not labeled, there are no pgup and pgdn keys, no Home or End keys. It took a a while to discover ctrl-alt-/ would bring up a help screen including key combinations to handle these functions.

Now that two weeks have passed I found I really like this little thing. It does all that a good Android does but it has a keyboard. It runs any app the Play Store has so I can log into my desktop and run Linux or Windows programs with them but most of what I need to do works in a web browser and using Google’s Suite and drive I can handle all I need to do.