When comparing LastPass vs Bitwarden, the Slant community recommends Bitwarden for most people. In the question“What is the best cross-platform password manager?” Bitwarden is ranked 2nd while LastPass is ranked 6th. The most important reason people chose Bitwarden is:
Bitwarden is open source and can therefore easily be reviewed and checked for security. Its Github repository is accessible [here](https://github.com/bitwarden).
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Pro Automatic cloud backup and cross-device sync
LastPass keeps an encrypted copy of all passwords locally as well as an encrypted copy on their servers. That way, passwords can be accessed locally while offline, or through their server while online from any machine.
Pro All encryption and decryption is done locally
All the encryption and decryption is done by the client (JS/App) so even LastPass doesn't have access to passwords.
Pro Automatic security monitoring
LastPass will check for re-used and unsafe passwords.
Pro Seamless autofill and password generator via plugins for all popular browsers
All common browsers, including Opera, have plugins that allow automatically filling in forms and generating passwords. All form fill information syncs across all platforms, devices and browsers. Password generator can be adjusted to use or exclude certain characters and patterns.
Pro Fingerprint verification
Some fingerprint readers, like TouchID on iOS, Samsung, Sony Xperia, or LG Mobile devices, can be set up to be used to access LastPass instead of a master password.
Pro Multifactor authentication
LastPass offers multiple multifactor authentication options, including Google Authenticator, Grid Multifactor Authentication, Microsoft Authenticator App, Toopher Authentication, Duo Security Authentication, Transakt Authentication, Sesame Multifactor Authentication, Smart Card Authentication and Yubikey Multifactor Authentication.
Pro Allows sharing passwords with one person or a group of people
LastPass allows sharing login data for a site with another user of LastPass without exposing the password. Great for allowing friends, family or coworkers access a site.
Pro Clean and intuitive UI
Since version 3.0 the LastPass interface is clean and easy to navigate on all platforms.
Pro Offers multiple export options
LastPass can dump the whole database as a .csv file or an encrypted file that can then be decrypted using LastPass Pocket as well as separately export Wi-Fi passwords and autofill information. Additional export options are available on a per-browser basis.
Pro Works with portable versions of Chrome and Firefox
Firefox 2+ on Windows, Mac & Linux as well as Chrome 4+ on Windows and Linux support a portable version of LastPass. Great for securely accessing LastPass Vault from public or untrusted computers.
Pro Works on Linux
LastPass alongside KeePassX are the only cloud-syncing password managers that work on Linux.
Pro Does not require a standalone app
While many password managers require a standalone app to be installed on the system, LastPass does not and can function via browser plugins.
Pro Military grade encryption
Pro Password one-click change
LastPass is able to change your password automagically.
Pro Yubikey support
LastPass offers multifactor authentication via Yubikey.
Pro Password security check up
Gives score based on password use and strength. Score is bad on other LastPass users and denotes where you fall in that group.
Pro Can create one-time passwords for accessing the Vault
LastPass allows creating passwords for accessing the LastPass Vault that can only be used once. Great for accessing the Vault in public or untrusted places.
Pro Vetted by Steve Gibson
Steve Gibson is a well established security researcher best know for his work with Apple and Atari systems as well as founding Gibson Research Corporation. He was given access to LastPass' source code and confirmed that it's safe to trust its security.
Pro Allows downloading an encrypted database backup that can only be decrypted with LastPass Pocket
LastPass Pocket is a standalone personal database decrypter. It's a portable executable, meaning it does not need to be installed, that is used to decrypt a local encrypted copy of the password database.
Pro Has native integration via app for Android
Fills in passwords in android apps without loading into LastPass directly.
Pro Works even with browsers that don't support plugins
Via a clever use of bookmarklets, LastPass works on browsers that don't inherently support bookmarklets, like Opera or Safari on iOS.
Pro Credit monitoring in US
LastPass can be set to notify if a user's credit report suddenly changes.
Pro Great free features
A large amount of features for the free version.
Pro Works with Windows applications with native app
Can record the steps and use it to login to native Windows apps.
Pro Full integration on iOS
Along with apple’s own key manager, LastPass is the only password manager on iOS with full, complete, subsystem access.
Fill passwords in any web browser.
Full passwords in most apps.
Pro Open source
Bitwarden is open source and can therefore easily be reviewed and checked for security. Its Github repository is accessible here.
It is easy to start as the majority of features are on the free version.
Pro Cross-platform syncronisation
Automatically synchronises across various devices and platforms. Passwords get fully encrypted locally before leaving the computer.
Pro Many browser plugins
There are plugins for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Edge, Vivaldi and Tor Browser.
Pro Clean interface with no ads
No ads, no tracking.
Pro Native mobile apps for iOS and Android
Pro Extremely strong encryption algorithm
End-to-end AES-256 bit encryption, salted hashing, and PBKDF2 SHA-256.
Pro Two-step authentication
Offers 2FA with Authy, Google Authenticator or via email.
Additionally, the Pro Version has Duo Security with Duo Push, SMS, phone call, and U2F security keys: YubiKey (any 4 series device or YubiKey NEO) and FIDO U2F (any FIDO U2F certified key).
Pro Strong, easy to use built-in password genarator
No need to think of individual passwords. This can be easily accomplished with an easy to use built-in password manager.
Pro Secure notes
Very easy to add personal notes.
Pro Web vault
Possibility to manage passwords without installing the app or the browser plugin.
Pro Supports multi-logins on one site
You can store multiple logins on the same website.
Pro Multifactor authentication
Pro Auto-fill remembers last user
When a site has multiple credentials (like I have for some brokers and banks), then the most recently used is automatically populated (if auto-fill is opted). This feature is unique (to my knowledge) and spectacular (especially for sites that log you off frequently and re-logging in is required).
Pro Self-host your own server
Host your own server via Docker for small installations or by package for multiple servers.
Pro Dark theme
Pro Command line interface
You could retrieve passwords in the scripts.
Pro Digital unlock works fairly well
Android app is a little slow and buggy, but it works well and has been improving.
Pro Almost complete free version
The features included in the free version are totally sufficient for most personal uses. No limitation of devices synching.
Pro Easy import/export
Just copy CSV text.
Pro Nested folders
Folders can be created within folders.
Pro Regular expressions can be used in URIs
It can also be used for sites where the domain changes frequently.
Pro Save data on the web
Save data on the web.
Pro Use hardware based biometrics to unlock Bitwarden
You can use Windows Hello or Apple's TouchID on PC to unlock desktop applications and browser extention.
Pro Enterprise ready
Using enterprise subscribtions you can share password entries among your colleagues via 'collections' or with other companies that are connected to yours. You decide if it's your personal entry or a companies.
Pro Easy to use
Pro Auto-fill by specifying the form with the selector of css
Auto-fill by specifying the form with the selector of css.
Con Not free/libre
This application is proprietary, and thus cannot be modified, freely distributed, or trusted to be secure.
Con Rates are ridiculous for one user
They cut services and increased prices after they were purchased by LogMeIn.
Con Forced cloud backup
The is no way to opt-out of saving all of passwords on LastPass servers.
Con Has been hacked before
And becomes extra bad as you are forced to have everything at one central cloud place.
Con Doesn't Encrypt URL
Lastpass doesn't encrypt the links stored in the vault, which can be accessed by hackers. Encryption ONLY applies to Password and Username.
Con Very bad UX for sharing passwords with other people (in free version)
When on lastpass.com you update the contents of a password file, it gets updated only on your side, not on the side of people it is shared with (and the UI does not tell you anything about this).
Also, when you want to share a password file with someone, they often have trouble accessing it (bugs in registration or acceptation of the shared document).
Con Recently doubled annual subscription rates
This applies even if you're a re-subscribing customer.
Con Somewhat poor customer service
LastPass maintains a support forum which they mostly ignore, labeling it "mostly peer-to-peer support" leaving only their e-mail ticket system to turn to.
Con No longer free
Least expensive plan is $2/month. Formerly, the lowest paid tier allowed sharing with family members. Now there's a family plan for $4/month.
Con Poor Email Support
Email support is slow and just offers canned responses that are not anymore helpful then their documentation.
Con Forgets to ask "add new site?" on some websites
So you are forced to add a new site manually, which takes too long (relatively speaking).
Con History of bad support for the company behind LastPass
You never know how much you will pay for it because LogMeIn did the same with Hamachi product. Support will be bad.
Con Clutzy configuration to have multiple URLs for one credential
LP does not have a single place to view or edit all URLs related to a given credential. It has the main one then the rest on an "equivalent URL" configuration page.
Con Cross-browser/client single login breaks all-the-time!
Spend lots of time trying to make it work and another day it's just broken again. Very frustrating.
Con During login, application loads for a very long time
Con Domain & path matching is overly complex
I want simple "this domain (along with its subdomain) should match these". There are features for that - "Equivalent Domains" & "URL Rules". But still I can't get it working for certain items, so that I have to duplicate them.
Con When generating passwords, LastPass tends to put the wrong info in forms
For forms with both an email address and username, LastPass tends to mix up and overwrite information.
Con Randomly loses custom/extra fields/passwords
Sometimes they get wiped. Don't forget to copy them into the notes section in the first place, which seems to be generally stable.
Con Can't start on mobile
Apparently you have to start with their web interface and/or browser extension. Can't just start on mobile.
Con Autofill glitchy
Hit and miss with autofill either filling or being able to submit.
Con Inconsistent categories
They get shuffled around. E.g. once a top level "_None" category was introduced by itself. Still couldn't get the hang of it.
Con Doesn't always log out when idle
This issue is especially common with the mobile app.
Con Mobile apps are not intuitive
There are large differences between iOS and Android; as well as from the base desktop and cloud interfaces. Option A doesn’t correspond to the same thing across platforms. Functions have different names on different platforms, and under different settings.
Con Password generator only uses 8 special characters !@#$%^&*
Whereas a desktop keyboard has 30+ special characters. This greatly reduces the possible passwords that can be generated.
Con Unable to remove duplicates
If you import more than one times, it will store its duplicates and there is no duplicate remover on these apps.
Con Passwords cards can be tricky for newbies
The fields can be difficult to understand for newbies. For example, some login pages can add a field for the password name differently at the same time as the password's field will contain a password. When changing the password, they sometime end corresponding and can give headaches to some users.
You're storing your passwords on servers and you have to trust them.
Con Cannot update data while offline
Requires Internet connection.
Con Saving new credentials isn't as easy as it should be
When registering on a new site, Bitwarden pops up a button to ask if you'd like to save credentials (as most equivalent products do). But the button disappears VERY quickly, so often requires manual entry of passwords
Con Input of new login needs a 'signed-up with e-mail = 'firstname.lastname@example.org' functionality
Often sites won't be able to reset your password if the corresponding e-mail used in sign-up is unknown.
Con Lack of communication between instance opened in one session
If you use the client's desktop's app, multiple browsers extensions; they all work almost totally independently. Using more RAM as database is opened each time and asking for login more often. Some other passwords managers use desktop's client to open the database and extensions communicate with it in this case. If there's no desktop's, they'll work as standalone extensions.
Con The autofill sucks
The autofill is tedious - many clicks/taps required to trigger it. It doesn't help that the extension is slow to open.
Con Cannot store images of ID card, etc
Attachments available in premium.
Con Web browser extension doesn't recognise login required
User has to scroll/search for web site login details as it is not found automatically.