Bitwarden has introduced a ground-breaking feature: passkey management. This innovation empowers every Bitwarden user to create, handle, and securely store passkeys within their vaults. With the Bitwarden web extension, users can effortlessly and securely access passkey-enabled websites. These synchronised passkeys are meticulously encrypted within users’ vaults, offering a seamless and passwordless login experience.
A Secure, User-Friendly, and Encrypted Solution
Regardless of their subscription plan, every Bitwarden user can now manage passkeys using the Bitwarden web extension. When visiting a passkey-enabled website and initiating the creation process, Bitwarden detects the request and prompts the user to incorporate the passkey into a vault item or create a new one. Once saved, the passkey stands ready for secure and passwordless logins.
Passkeys represent a highly secure form of cryptographic authentication, reducing the reliance on traditional passwords. This method employs a pair of keys: a public key stored on passkey-enabled websites and a private key on the user’s device. Even if a website’s public key were to be compromised, the user’s account remains secure, as the private key is stored securely on their device. This process is built on the WebAuthn protocols developed by the FIDO Alliance, an esteemed industry association of technology leaders, ensuring a robust and tested system for secure account access.
A Shift Towards Passkeys
Andrew Shikiar, Executive Director and CMO of the FIDO Alliance, remarked, “The industry is rapidly shifting towards passkeys based on FIDO authentication to streamline sign-ins for users and organizations with greater convenience and security.” Independent credential managers play a vital role in expediting the transition from passwords to passkeys, and Bitwarden’s support of passkey management highlights their commitment to delivering robust security to all users.
Bitwarden’s commitment to security is evident as passkeys take centre stage. The company recently bolstered individual free accounts with passkey two-factor authentication (2FA), allowing users to fortify their account security. Soon, users will use passkeys to access Bitwarden vaults. This initial release of passkey management is included in all plans and is accessible via the Bitwarden web extension. Upcoming updates will extend passkey support to desktop and mobile, along with passkey import and export functionality.
Passkey Excitement in the Bitwarden Community
The Bitwarden community has responded enthusiastically to passkeys. Reddit comments such as “can’t wait to try it out” and “this is a game changer” reflect the anticipation surrounding the shift towards fewer passwords. Users are expressing their delight with comments like “Love it. Glad to see no more passwords!” and “Amazing! The future is here.” The introduction of passkey 2FA to individual free accounts has also garnered positive feedback, with posts exclaiming, “Keeps getting better!” and “Wow, nice… it’s a great move from Bitwarden, increasing the security of its users.”
Embracing a Passwordless Future
The launch of passkey management aligns with the industry-wide movement towards passwordless authentication, addressing the security challenges posed by weak and reused passwords. A recent Bitwarden survey of 600 developers underscores the shift towards passwordless authentication, with 68% of respondents already using passkeys to access work applications and 36% confident that passkeys will become the dominant authentication method to replace passwords.
Passkey management is the latest addition to Bitwarden’s portfolio of passwordless solutions, which includes integrating Passkey 2FA, secure passkey storage, and empowering app and web developers with passkey capabilities through Passwordless.dev. In the near future, users can expect to log into Bitwarden Password Manager and Bitwarden Secrets Manager using a passkey.
Bitwarden’s Upcoming Webcast
On November 9, 2023, at 12:00 PM (EST), Bitwarden will host a webcast discussing the benefits of passwordless solutions, how passkeys can be used with Bitwarden, and how developers can easily integrate passkeys into their websites and applications.
Availability for All Users
Passkey management is now available to all Bitwarden users on any plan. To learn more about passkey management and other Bitwarden security solutions, visit bitwarden.com. For a list of websites supporting passkeys, consult the community-sourced Passkey Index on GitHub.