LastPass has changed the terms of their free account, so users have to choose between computers (laptops, PCs) and mobile devices (mobile, tablets). The device you use LastPass on first will become your default device.
So if you log in on your mobile you will only be able to use LastPass on mobile and tablets, not on Windows laptops and PCs.
This move was made to persuade people to upgrade to LastPass Premium. But while this restriction might apply to some people, for the most part it won’t and they might want to find another free password manager.
We think Bitwarden is the best option because it’s open source so anyone can analyze it, and that makes it more reliable.
The fact that it is open source also means that it is free and will offer the same as the free LastPass plan, allowing you to use an unlimited number of devices and access your passwords and data. other information from any of your devices.
There’s a Premium plan, which costs $ 10 per year (around $ 8.5) and gives you more space to store encrypted files and additional two-factor authentication for devices like Yubikey.
Switching to a new password manager might seem like a lot of effort, but the good thing is that you can export your data from LastPass and import it into Bitwarden, so you won’t have to add all the webpages manually.
Here are the one-by-one steps you need to know to migrate from LastPass to Bitwarden. In this case, we are using a web browser on a Windows 10 PC because it is the easiest way.
1. Create a Bitwarden account
Go to the bitwarden.com website and click “Download” from the menu at the top of the screen. Then click on “Create a free account”.
Enter the email address you want to use with your account, then the master password. This will be the only password you will need to remember, so make sure you remember it and the indicator tells you at least “Strong”.
Click the box to confirm that you agree to the terms and conditions, then click the “Submit” button to complete your request.
Then you can log into your account directly with the email and password you just entered. Verify Email: Click the “Send Email” button, navigate to your email and click the “Verify Email Address Now” button.
2. Export LastPass data
Now navigate to your LastPass account, either by clicking on your web browser shortcut (shown here in Chrome with an arrow) and then on “ Open my safe ”, or by visiting the lastpass.com page and signing up. connecting.
In the lower left corner, click on “Advanced options” then on “Export” to export. You will be asked to enter the LastPass Master Password, and then all of your data will be saved to a file called “lastpass_export.csv” in your downloads folder.
IMPORTANT: This is a text copy of all your accounts and passwords, along with credit cards and other private data, so be sure to delete it after importing it into Bitwarden. You don’t want this to fall into the wrong hands.
3. Organize your data
If possible, open the document in Excel or another spreadsheet. It’s the easiest way to get to know your content and edit it. If you open it with a word processor, the information is displayed separated by commas.
Go over the list and do a little cleanup. You can delete data from duplicate connections or data from accounts that you no longer have, services that you no longer use, or web pages that you no longer visit.
You may see that on some occasions the password displays something like this: • • • • • • • • • ******** *. This is a LastPass bug that corrupts some passwords.
In these cases, you will need to remember the password for that login or just go to the login section of that website or platform to reset the password. You can easily do this by pressing “Forgot your password?” or something similar.
Here you can see some examples (these are fake accounts and passwords, of course):
For the rest, you should see the website URL, email (or username) and password, along with any additional notes and the category you saved it to in LastPass.
Oh, don’t forget to save the document to update it with the changes you made.
4. Import into Bitwarden
Once you’ve completed the arduous cleanup process (in our case, we had over 400 logins logged!), You can move on to the next step, which is no more and no less than importing this. document in Bitwarden.
Return to the tab in your web browser where Bitwarden is open or, if you closed it, return to the Bitwarden website and log in using the master password you created earlier.
Click “Tools” at the top, then click “Import Data”.
Use the drop-down menu to select “LastPass” and then click the “Choose File” button to choose the file. Browse the folders on your computer until you find the “lastpass_export.csv” file.
Now click on the blue button “Import data” and after a little wait you should see the complete list of your credentials appear.
5. Automatic export of the LastPass form
Maybe you thought you were done, but there is another step. If you’ve used LastPass to record any other type of information (like name, address, or other details that automatically appear when you fill out forms online
Again, open the LastPass browser extension and click on “Account Options” followed by “Advanced”, “Export” and “Form Filling” (“AutoComplete Forms”).
Enter your master password again, then the form’s autocomplete information will be saved to a file called “lastpass_formfill_export.csv”.
Again, you can check the file as you have done before and import it into Bitwarden by going to the Bitwarden page, clicking on “ Tools ”, followed by “ Import data ”, selecting “ LastPass ” and browsing your computer until you find the file.
6. Install Bitwarden apps and browser extensions
The last step is to install the apps and extensions so that Bitwarden can enter these saved connections into the web pages and programs you use with your device.
These extensions are available for the following browsers:
On the other hand, the app is available for Windows 10, Android, macOS, iOS and Linux.
This video can help you use the browser extension. You will need to deactivate the LastPass extension so that there is no conflict, and we also recommend that you log out of your account (or even delete it).