Why Are We Using Linode?

We want complete control over our passwords and private information. Bitwarden allows us to do that with a self-hosted instance of their software. The biggest problem for most people with self-hosting is finding a computer that is always on and reliable.

You could, of course, use a spare computer or a raspberry pi, but they are far from reliable. If the computer freezes or you lose power, you’re stuck without passwords. Plus, if your hardware goes down, you won’t have anywhere to sync your passwords until you get it fixed. Spinning up a new cloud instance, on the other hand, is a breeze and doesn’t require any complicated troubleshooting. By self-hosting, you’re taking charge of your password manager’s security.  If the public Bitwarden service ever suffered a security breach, your database would stay safe and sound.

Linode guarantees you will always have access to your information. Specifically, their Service Level Agreement guarantees a 99.99% uptime. I’ve used Linode for years and found them reliable, convenient, and secure. If you use the link below, you’ll also receive a $100 credit. If you follow the steps in this guide, you can run your private server for free for one or two years, depending on what virtual machine you choose to spin up.

So let’s get busy setting up our Linode account.

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