Why pay for a service when you can use it for free? Both NordPass and Bitwarden provide reliable password managers at zero cost that allow you to synchronize all your devices. They also offer strong security by encrypting data end to end and neither NordPass nor Bitwarden have access to your information. However, there are some distinctions between the two. To really understand which free plan is better, you’ll probably have to download both password managers and see which interface you like the most. For paid plans, there’s a clear winner.
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Brother to NordVPN, NordPass is an extremely secure password manager to use. Not only does it apply the encryption protocol of the future – XChaCha20 – but it’s built with a zero-knowledge architecture. In a few words, nobody can access any of the information you store in NordPass, not even the company itself.
The software might be a little basic, but all features are provided for free. This means that you’re able to store any of the three data types available – passwords, credit card credentials, and secure notes. You can also create strong passwords via the software’s password generator and synchronize data throughout your devices at zero cost.
Getting a premium account makes sense if you need to share saved items with other people or if you want to be logged in on multiple devices simultaneously. Prices start at $2.49 per month, which is a bit expensive for the features provided. Nonetheless, if you’re interested in the NordPass paid subscription, there’s a 7-day free trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee that you can take advantage of to test the premium features.
Bitwarden is an open source password manager that offers an excellent free plan. Bitwarden not only allows you to store account credentials, credit card information, secure notes, and identities but it also enables you to sync all data on all your devices. This password manager also provides a password generator to help you create strong keys, offers two-step login, and the option to store everything locally on your device.
The advanced features are reserved for the paid plans, which turns Bitwarden into a more comprehensive password manager. There are helpful vault health reports that warn you about weak passwords and data breaches. Paid subscribers also get TOTP authenticator storage, 1GB of encrypted file storage, and priority customer support – all of this for a very reasonable price. While the personal plan costs $0.83 per month, if you come up with a party of five and subscribe to the family plan, each user will only have to pay $0.25 per month.
Since Bitwarden is open source, anyone with software development knowledge can go to GitHub, see the coding for themselves, and confirm that the password manager is secure. For the less tech-savvy, all you need to know is that the software applies AES-256 end-to-end encryption, ensuring that all your information is secured from any prying eyes.
There’s no doubt that both NordPass and Bitwarden offer excellent free versions of their software. Unlike the competition, they don’t block you from synchronizing data between devices making them more than enough for people looking for a basic password manager. That being said, Bitwarden does offer a free subscription for professional use that allows you to share items with a second person while NordPass does not. When it comes to the paid subscriptions, Bitwarden completely crushes NordPass. Not only is Bitwarden far cheaper ($0.25 vs $2.49) but it also provides a more comprehensive product overall. NordPass should learn from Bitwarden and try to come up with a better pricing plan for multiple users or by improving its features portfolio.