Prompt users to enter master password periodically

It would be great, if the app would ask users who have set a pin to enter the master password periodically. So that all users would remember the master password.

You can already set it to need the master password when the browser is closed when setting up the PIN. So every time you fully close the browser or restart your computer you’ll need to enter your master password.

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So, every few months?

Do you not close your browser or restart your computer for months?

Firefox and Chrome only get updates about once a month, even then, rarely have critical updates. My wife just wait until Chrome’s update symbol is red, which can be a long time if no critical security updates. Computers run 24/7, only rebooting for critical updates. At one point Windows Updates was having all kinds of issues, so I didn’t update/reboot for nearly 6 months. Lots of reports of data loss and blue screens.

I did enough rebooting with Win95 for a life time. It was a miracle to make it 24 hours. Ironically, it only takes about 10 seconds to boot these days.

I have to enter my password every time my browser restarts - is that not the function you are looking for?

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One solution is to not use the PIN. Have the extension lock after so many minutes and once you got the master password remembered then use the PIN.

Another option is to write down the master password and keep it somewhere safe. Maybe also share another copy with someone you trust. You should be doing this anyway as there is no resetting the master password if you forget it.

I have family that will never remember their master password so I have it in my vault and written down at the their home and hide it. Their Bitwarden is set to never lock but they know where to find the master password if they need it which is very rare. Maybe this is approach you can take?

Let’s say I login with my fingerprint on my mobile app and pin on my PC always. Shouldn’t BW prompt me at least once to enter the master password so I won’t forget it.

ah OK i see, yes that makes sense

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I almost filed a duplicate issue. I think editing the body of this feature request with some more explanation and context would be helpful.

Subject: Help user remember password with re-prompt when PIN, Face ID, fingerprint enabled

Feature name

  • Help user remember password by periodically prompting for the bitwarden password when Face ID, fingerprint, PIN etc are enabled in their clients

Feature function

  • What will the feature do? Prompt the user to enter the vault password periodically
  • Why is this useful? It is easy to forget your vault password when PIN, Face ID or fingerprint unlock is used because you might go weeks or months without entering those passwords. In a similar way Android and iOS require the you to enter your password/PIN when you start your phone and disable fingerprint and Face ID.