Time To Stop Memorizing Passwords
I’ve seen this password pattern used too many times. A first name, a last name, ending with a date of birth (or something along those lines).
Passwords seem easier to remember this way, right?
I actually used to make my passwords like this.
But I still ended up forgetting them (just goes to show how reliable memory can be).
Also making passwords like this is not safe.
Someone who knows you personally, or a talented hacker can crack your password with relative ease.
Luckily, an awesome application called Bitwarden came to my rescue. I learned about it using alternativeto.net.
Bitwarden allows you to store and use passwords without having to remember them.
You just use a single Bitwarden password to access the rest of your passwords for each of your online accounts.
Basically, no more forgetting and resetting passwords.
In this post, I’ve outlined steps for how to install and setup the Bitwarden password manager on your iPhone.
Let’s get started…
Step 1 - Write down all of your passwords on a notepad.
This is probably the most important step.
Here, it’s imperative that you write down every username and password for each of your registered online accounts.
This might seem tedious (it is), but it will make things much easier for when you be enter them into the Bitwarden application.
This post will explain in detail how to add a single password into Bitwarden.
From there you can add the rest of your passwords from your notepad onto the Bitwarden app.
Step 2 - Find and Install Bitwarden via the App Store.
Now that you’ve written down all of your passwords, you’ll want to navigate to the App Store on your iPhone.
From there, tap on the search icon at the bottom right.
Next, type “Bitwarden” in the search. Then tap on the “Bitwarden” search result.
Press the Get button next to the Bitwarden logo.
After Bitwarden finishes installing, tap Open.
Now that you have Bitwarden installed, let’s create your free Bitwarden account.
Step 3 - Creating a free Bitwarden account.
After installing Bitwarden, open the application. Then tap on the Create Account button.
It’s time to create a master password for Bitwarden.
This will act as your main gatekeeper password for the rest of your passwords.
So make it strong, but also make it memorable. It will be the only password you’ll need to remember (bear that in mind).
You’ll need to fill in the Email Address and Master Password fields to complete the Create Account process.
After completing the Create Account form, tap on the Submit button.
After creating your Bitwarden account, you’ll then be sent to your Bitwarden vault.
Here you’ll be able to create unique, secure passwords for each of your online accounts.
We’re almost done! Only two steps left.
Step 4 - Saving your passwords into the Bitwarden Vault.
Alright, let’s break out your notepad with all of your written-down passwords. This will come in handy for this step…
Now that you have your notepad handy, inside the Bitwarden app, tap the Add An Item button.
Here’s how you add a password to store in your Bitwarden Vault…
First, you’ll want to enter in the Name of your online account as well as the username.
In this example we’re using mail.google.com for the Name field and firstname.lastname@example.org for the Username.
Afterwards, you will need to generate a password for this account.
To do this, press on the circle icon under the password field.
Bitwarden will then generate a password for you.
If you’re satisfied with the password, press the Select option at the top right corner.
If you want to generate another password, press the circle icon under the Select option.
After pressing Select, you will be redirected to the previous Edit Item screen.
From there, add the URl (uniform resource locator) for your item.
For this example, we’ll be using the https://google.com URl (Gmail uses the google.com URl for all its services).
If we were using eBay instead of Gmail for instance, the URl would be https://ebay.com/
After entering your URl, hit Save.
Congrats! You’ve saved your first Bitwarden password to your vault.
To add the rest of your passwords to the Bitwarden application, follow the instructions outlined in Step 4.
We’re onto the last step!
All that’s left is enabling Bitwarden’s autofill password feature so you won’t have to memorize your password when logging into an online account.
Step 5 - Autofill Passwords with Bitwarden
We’re almost done!
By the end of this step you will be able to autofill passwords whenever you try logging into an online account.
The first thing we’ll need to do is change the Vault Timeout settings within the Bitwarden app.
Tap on the Gear icon at the bottom right corner to navigate to Bitwarden’s app settings.
Then, under the Vault Timeout option, set the timeout value to Never.
After making that change, follow the instructions outlined below to enable Bitwarden’s autofill settings.
Now for the moment of truth…
Let’s open up the login screen to Gmail to see how Bitwarden’s autofill password feature works.
Your days of struggling to remember your online passwords will soon be over!
You’ll notice that when you try entering in your email and/or password, Bitwarden will appear above the keyboard to let you know that you have a saved password for Gmail.
All you need to do is tap on the Bitwarden field above the keyboard to autofill the email and password fields.
And that is it! Now you can login with ease.
You’ve just learned how to use Bitwarden to save yourself the headache of remembering passwords.
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