Password manager apps range from free to a monthly or annual subscription that goes on forever. I’m a big fan of 1Password but I can see the handwriting on the wall and it doesn’t say “lower prices ahead.” Are there less expensive alternatives? Yes.
Secure. Simple. Free.
That is how Buttercup bills itself. Secure. Simple. Free. But it’s also a well constructed password manager that works on macOS, iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux. That means you get much the same interface across platforms for the same price. Not bad, huh?
Does this look familiar?
That’s kind of the standard interface for password managers these days. List of categories in the left sidebar. Details for a password selection in the righthand main window (works a bit different on smartphone displays, obviously). What you get are the basics, no frills, but good security, ease of use, and the right price.
Secure – Strong 256bit AES encrypted archives that meet today’s security standards. That’s the standard for most password managers.
Simple – Easy-to-use interfaces with basic concepts make storing and finding your login details a piece of cake. Standard interface offers no surprises.
Free – Free to try, free to use, works across platforms.
What’s not to like?
Buttercup for desktop is a beautifully-simple password manager designed to help manage your credentials. Buttercup uses very strong encryption to protect your sensitive details under a single master password. Use it alongside the browser extension and mobile app for a completely portable experience.
Buttercup stands in stark contrast to the more expensive– and, feature laden also means complexity and a learning curve, not to mention subscription pricing– password managers.
Those browser extensions can come in handy because they allow you to use Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to log into websites. Oddly enough, Safari for Mac is not on the list. The app also imports information from 1Password, LastPass, and other popular password managers.
Buttercup also lets you sync an archive of usernames, passwords, and other important information via Dropbox and other cloud services (but not default to the famous ones like Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive or Box, though it should simply by saving an archive). I tried it with iCloud and it works great. The price can’t be beat. Buttercup is simple, elegant, and won’t tire you out with all kinds of features you may not use