How to Send Encrypted Text and Files Using Bitwarden

While Bitwarden may be relatively new and still has some grounds to cover to be a full-fledged alternative to the leading password managers like 1Password and LastPass, the open-source password manager has vastly improved to be a safe bet for those looking for hassle-free password management for free or at affordable pricing. Days after LastPass’s sudden announcement about changing the free tier to allow only a single category of the device infuriated a large number of users, Bitwarden has tried to cash in on the opportunity by introducing a neat feature labeled as “Bitwarden Send” designed to send encrypted information. Read on to learn how you can send encrypted text and files using Bitwarden.

How to Use Bitwarden Send to Share Text or Files

Before getting started, let’s note down some pivotal points for better understanding!

A Few Important Things to Note Upfront

  • Bear in mind that the new Send feature has some restrictions for free users. First and foremost, freemium users can send only text, while premium users can send both text and files.
  • Bitwarden Send uses end-to-end AES-256 bit encryption to safeguard your files and text. Besides, it also offers a host of additional security features including automatic deletion and the ability to hide text and set maximum access count to let you add extra layers of shields to your information. 
  • A person doesn’t have to be a registered Bitwarden user to receive the file/text.
  • Upon clicking the shared link, the receivers are sent to a page where they can view the text message or choose to download the file.
  • You can use the Bitwarden Send on the Web Vault, mobile, browser extensions, and through the Command Line Interface.
  1. First off, open a web browser and head over to Bitwarden vault. After that, click on the Send tab located in the top left corner.

Click on Bitwarden Send

2. Next, click on the “+Create New Send” button.

Click on Create new send button

3. Now, name your file.

Name your file

4. Choose the type of Send: File or Text. Do note that only premium users are allowed to send files (up to 100 MB). If you are sending the text, enter it in the text field.

Choose the type of Send

5. For an extra layer of shield against the prying eyes, you can choose to hide the text when accessing the Send. To do so, check the box to the left of “When accessing the Send, hide the text by default.”

Hide the text when accessing the Bitwarden Send

6. Bitwarden allows you to copy the link to share the “Send” to your clipboard upon save. Check the box for it to generate a link that you can use to share your information.

Now copy the link to share

Note: Now, you can click on Save to generate a link and share the information right away. However, if you wish to add more security layers to your sensitive information, follow along to use the additional security features. 

7. If you want to further enhance the security of your information, click on Options at the bottom to reveal more options.

Click on Options button

8. Next up, choose the preferred deletion and expiration date. You have multiple deletion options to choose from. For instance, you can choose to delete the information automatically after 1 hour, 2 days, 3 days, 7 days (by default it’s selected), 30 days. Besides, there is also an option to select the custom deletion option depending on your needs.

Choose the deletion date

Once you have selected the deletion date, choose the desired expiration date. If you want the information to stick around forever, go with Never. However, if security is on top of your mind, make sure to select an expiration date.

9. Up next, set the maximum access count to further boost the security of your encrypted file. Users won’t be able to access your Send once the maximum access count has been reached.

Set maximum access count10. Now, you can make it compulsory for users to enter a password to access the Send and then add a private note about it.

Now Add private notes to the Send

Note: There is also an option to disable the Send to prevent anyone from having access to it. 

11. Once you have customized the Bitwarden Send, click on Save to generate a link that you can share via email or text.

Click on Save option

Now, go ahead and share the information securely.

Send bitwarden link

Use Bitwarden Send to Share Encrypted Text or File

That’s it! So, that’s the way you can share encrypted files or text using Bitwarden Send. Now that you know how this neat feature works, make the most of it to add an important layer of shield to your sensitive information while sharing.

By the way, what do you think of this all-new feature and whether or not Bitwarden is shaping to be a powerful alternative to 1Password or LastPass? Be sure to share your views in the comments section below.

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