An Alternative to Passwords on Notepad: A Bitwarden Review

Jensen Loke
4 min readJun 21, 2020

In this age of digital transformation, I think the simplest thing one can do for oneself is to learn how to manage your personal passwords, and store it in a safe, and easy to use location for easy use. Do a quick search today of the most frequently used passwords, and you’ll be surprised! Examples include: 12345, 123456, password1, etc.

At some point in our lives, we are all guilty of using the same passwords or similar passwords to access the systems we see all around us. We are all human after all, how many different variations of your passwords can you actually remember?

Furthermore, with the expansion of the use of digital systems, password requirements can be quite different. Some platforms require caps, min characters and special characters. Most solve it by changing password1 to p@55w0rd1. It’s not something I would encourage but it does work.

Password Managers — Introducing Bitwarden

My Password Manager

I’ve been using Bitwarden as my password manager for almost a year now. In a nutshell, using a password manager mainly reduces the complexity of remembering so many passwords to just one user ID and password.

In subsequent notes, I will share my motivation in general and a review of Bitwarden. I’m not paid for this, but password mismanagement is something I come across often and I think this could help many folks in the long run. You could easily use other solutions as well.

Migrating to a password manager early on is a pain, but the long term benefits are definitely worth it. It should be done over a period of time, starting with your most commonly used passwords, so you don’t have to bring everything over at one go.

Why Use a Password Manager?

There were just too many IDs and passwords to catalogue on notes for too many enterprise systems. Driven to insanity of having to remember so many different passwords in my own different enterprise systems, I finally caved. Bitwarden allows one to organise passwords into folders for easy search later on. It…

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Jensen Loke

Technical Product Management @temasek digital tech| Building AI & big data products #rootaccess. www.jensenloke.com