New Update Bitwarden Free: WebAuthn new passwordless 2FA method


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Free users of the open source password manager Bitwarden may use a new two-factor authentication (2FA) method in the latest version of the application. The developers of the password management service have enabled Web Authentication (WebAuthn) support for all users of the service.

This means, that Bitwarden Free users may now use Windows Hello or Touch ID, and hardware security keys such as Yubikeys to protect their accounts using the authentication standard.

Free Bitwarden users could protect their accounts with two two-factor authentication methods up until now: email or authentication app. Email is considered insecure, which left using an authenticator app, such as Authy, Google Authenticator and others for protection.

The addition of WebAuthn support extends the available options that users have significantly. Next to enabling biometric authentication options for accounts, supported are those that support WebAuthn, it also enables support for hardware keys.
WebAuthn support has been added to version 2023.9.0 of the password manager. The release notes on GitHub reveal the change: "WebAuthn now a free 2FA method".

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