Bitwarden adds secure text and file transfers

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Bitwarden’s free and open-source password manager service has added a feature it calls Send, which allows you to securely send files or texts, including passwords, via AES-256-bit end-to-end encryption, using a link across its site.

Many of the existing password managers allow you to share passwords with family members, other individuals, or groups.

Managers like Bitwarden and 1Password have specific ways that you can share passwords or password combinations, making it easier for the family to access the shared streaming service.

If you want to send a file (can be up to 100MB in size), go to the Bitwarden website and click the Send button.

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After you upload the file or create a text message, the Send feature creates a link that you can send via email, text message, or any other method you choose.

When the person you’re sending it to clicks the link – it doesn’t have to be a registered user of Bitwarden – they’re sent to a page where they can either view the text message or download the file.

There are a number of security features that you can add before sending the link, where you can set a date and time for the file to be automatically deleted from the linked page and the link’s expiration date, in other words, if you click on the link after that, you will be notified that it is no longer available.

You can specify the number of times the file can be accessed, how many times it has been accessed so far, and set a password for the link.

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If you use the Send feature to compose a text message, you can also hide it by default when accessing it, so that the text is not instantly readable.

The new Send feature should be available in part to free Bitwarden users, as they can use it to send text messages, but not files.

While members with a paid account can send both texts and files.

Bitwarden is clearly taking full advantage of the newly reported mass migration of LastPass due to the new restrictions the latter put in place on its free accounts.

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Given that there are a number of free services for sending encrypted files, such as WeTransfer, and since having a secure way to send information, such as passwords, personal information, and account numbers, can be very useful, it appears that Bitwarden has provided a good new reason to move from LastPass.

The new Send feature should be available on Monday, March 15th.

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