While many people use password managers for the convenience of remembering a single master password, the main benefit these programs offer is that they provide an easy way to create unique passwords. Bitwarden takes it to the next level, the open source password manager now has an option to generate unique usernames.
It’s intriguing to say the least, and it was very asked characteristic by the community. Having unique usernames can protect your privacy and minimize the impact of identity theft. The feature was released for the web vault a few days ago, before being added to the browser extension and desktop programs.
Note: The Bitwarden extension has not been updated for 1.58.0 on Mozilla Firefox AMO, Google Chrome web store, Edge add-ons, etc., as of this writing. It should be available shortly. The new version of the extension, v1.58.0, also fixes an issue with importing notes and URLs in macOS and Safari.
I tried the web version and downloaded the desktop version to try the username generator.
How to Generate Unique Usernames in Bitwarden
1. Open the Bitwarden app on your computer and navigate to the Add New Connection page.
Ctrl + N on desktop (or) File > Add New Item.
2. Click the refresh icon in the username field.
3. It opens a new window, which has three options to derive the username.
- More email address
- catch-all email
- random word
The first option, Plus Addressed Email, uses your email provider’s alias service. For example, if you used [email protected]it can be used to generate a subaddress like [email protected] The generated password is displayed at the top of the window, you can copy it to the clipboard using the icon next to it. Don’t like the created username? Tap the refresh icon to generate a new one. Click the tick icon to accept the generated username.
Catch-All Email uses your domain to create a unique username. The Random Word option can be configured to capitalize the first letter and include numbers in the username.
Web Vault Version
Curiously, the new feature is not available in the “add new connection” popup in the web vault. Here’s how to do it instead. Open the Tools In the Bitwarden web vault, select the Username option (under Generator) and follow the above instructions given in step 3.
Bitwarden suffered a breakdown a few days ago, and since his servers were inaccessible, so were the passwords. A statement from the company said users could access their vaults if they had already logged in, but many users were unable to lock their accounts during the downtime. I can confirm that the browser plug-in also logged me out, I only noticed it when it couldn’t save the credentials I entered on a login page.
I can’t verify this claim because I don’t use the desktop app, but a few users have reported that the Bitwarden app disconnected them and uninstalled. When users asked the company for a explanation about the outage, Bitwarden declined to reveal details.
Tip: Having a backup option that you can use offline can help you during such outages. You can export your Bitwarden vault to a JSON or CSV file and import them into a local password manager like KeePass.