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    How to use Bitwarden Identities to secure your most sensitive data

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    Bitwarden allows you to store all kinds of information. You can save obvious username/password entries, secure notes, and credit cards. All data is encrypted within the vault until you unlock it with your master password, PIN, or biometrics (such as a fingerprint scanner or facial recognition).

    But there's another type of entry you can add to your Bitwarden password manager that you probably didn't even know you needed to use.

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    That entry is called an ID and includes your name, contact information, address, social security number, passport number, license number, email, notes, custom fields, and more. As you can see, some of this information is particularly sensitive, especially social security numbers and passport numbers.

    You don't want to store these details in a standard contact manager where anyone with access to a desktop or laptop can view the information. Bad things can happen if your Social Security number ends up in the wrong hands.

    Therefore, if you need to keep particularly sensitive details about a person, you may want to use Bitwarden's ID feature. However, even if you use ID, if you add your social security number or passport number, you may need to take additional steps to hide them from view. (I'll explain how.)

    Let's see how to create an identity.

    How to protect sensitive data using Bitwarden ID

    Things necessary: All you need is a valid Bitwarden account. Since ID is part of the core functionality, this feature works on both free and paid plans. We'll demonstrate this with the desktop app, but the mobile and web versions work just as well.

    The first thing to do is open Bitwarden and unlock the vault. With the vault unlocked, click the + near the bottom center to create a new item.

    Bitwarden's main window.

    ID is an important feature of Bitwarden and must be used.

    Screenshot by Jack Warren/ZDNET

    In the right pane, select Identity from the Type dropdown. This will change all available fields to match the type of item you are creating. Enter all required information. If you want to better protect your social security number and passport number, don't type them in their respective text areas (create them as custom fields).

    ID type selected for use with Bitwarden.

    Before adding information to a new field, be sure to[タイプ]from the dropdown[ID]please choose.

    Screenshot by Jack Warren/ZDNET

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    Scroll down until you see the Custom Fields section.from the dropdown[非表示]Select[+]Click. Then enter the person's Social Security number in the Name field and the person's Social Security number in the Value field.

    Add a new hidden custom field.

    [非表示]Select to enable re-prompt for your master password.

    Screenshot by Jack Warren/ZDNET

    Before you save your ID, scroll up until you see the “Re-prompt for Master Password” option and click the checkbox to enable it. Once you've done that, make sure you've entered all the required information for your ID and click the save icon at the bottom.

    Button to enable Bitwarden master password re-prompt.

    To keep hidden custom fields hidden, you must use master password re-prompt.

    Screenshot by Jack Warren/ZDNET

    Related article: How to enable Bitwarden biometric unlocking

    congratulations. Your first Bitwarden ID has been created. Use these for contacts that need to store sensitive information that you don't want available in the standard Contacts app, to better protect these identities from dangerous situations.

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