Make Local Desktop App be the same as web vault , by bringing all Web only features too it such as the option to import/export, manage folders, security reports, add/remove 2FA, restore or delete account etc
currently Desktop client is no more than an heavy version of browser extension makes no sense to have it, I understand that the extensions may be nerfed on purpose to make it lightweight, but the desktop app should be a full fledged option for those who does`t like he idea of having to access web site and re entering master password every time we must manage something in the vault.
I am totally new to Bitwarden, but what a breath of fresh air their crystal clear and clean UI/UX is (in the webversion and Chrome extension) compared to for example Lastpass’s webversion. It makes BW a joy to use.
That brings me to my novice question: can someone explain to me what the benefits are of a native desktop application, if there is already such a fantastic webversion available that works on all platforms?
Local App grants offline and one click away access and management of your accounts (in case Bitwarden servers goes down for example), not depending on web vault to do things like importing backups, setting 2FA, search for breachs and weak passwords etc. its like comparing an web mail with an desktop client, they do the same thing in the end of the day, some people love the former and dont see the need for the later, others hate to rely on internet connection and browser loading time just to read an message, I am in the 2nd group.
I joined BitWarden yesterday and a pattern I’m noticing is - bunch of feature requests that I’m interested in, that were marked as “being looked into” - are in that same state since years! Doesn’t give me confidence,
Many of the top feature requests require more research to be implemented in a safe and standardized way and the team is always keeping an eye to the security landscape and changing standards, focusing first and foremost on maintaining and developing a secure product.
Ability to change your master password, and import vaults from within client-sided apps, not just the web vault.
This feature will merely implement the aforementioned features from the web vault into the client apps.
I am aware that the web vault has a good use for enterprise, as well as other benefits. However, people should have the option of avoiding it entirely if they want to, and that is not possible with Bitwarden at this time. This suggestion would be a fair compromise; keep the web vault, and all its features intact, and provide the ability to not use it entirely if you choose.
Any functionality relating to entering master password should be brought to client softwares.
The server hosting web vault code may be cracked anytime, and it’s not easy to notice that for users.
Client softwares are safer because the client code is static which is not loaded from a server every time. In addition, users can build the softwares from the source code by themselves.