I haven’t used Bitwarden for long, but the more I use it, the more I start to appreciate what an amazing product it really is and the value that it accompanies. Trust is not something that I give easily. I’m happy to say Bitwarden has earned mine.
Having an audited, open source solution to manage passwords is something I strongly believe in and want to support. I truly believe that $10/year for premium is far too low for this service. The developers did a stellar job, and I wish it was easier to support them.
It would be wonderful if there was a donate option in the web vault/client apps. I would donate frequently, and I’m sure others would as well. I am aware I can add more storage, but having a dedicated option would be appreciated.
Keep up the great work, guys!
Considering they are not a charity or a non-profit organization, donations can cause legal issues. Also their main income comes from the business clients, not from consumer sales.
If you want to get more info about Bitwarden financials, you can join nearest webcast session. Devs and people from management team are answering questions in the webcast. In one of those webcasts they told that their main revenue comes from business clients, and consumer products don’t generate much.
Crowdfunding can work for startups or for new products, but Bitwarden is an established company with a good revenue.
Open source =/= free. It still has costs for development, marketing, support, and management of the software. For example, you can check Linux distros, like Redhat or SUSE. Open-source software only makes the software more trustable because everyone can inspect the code and if needed can adjust it themselves.
You can be a security consultant, but not specialized in Bitwarden, because their product range is not as much as their enterprise competitors. For this topic, you can check CyberArk or IBM. Consumer products don’t need any consulting, because help pages and videos are more than enough.