Got passwords? Of course you do. We have passwords coming out of our ears. There are usernames and passwords for your Apple ID, perhaps iTunes Music Store, email from our internet service provider, email from our employer, perhaps Gmail or Yahoo! or HotMail, not to mention usernames, logins, and passwords for various and sundry online services from Facebook to Google, from the company website to various banks and stores.
Face it. Passwords are everywhere and Post-It notes on the Mac’s screen is not a good idea. Got Notes on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad? Of course you do. No, Notes is not a good password manager. As it turns out, even the Mac’s famed Keychain app is not a good way to manage passwords across multiple devices.
The solutions are numerous and range from the famous and expensive 1Password to the much less expensive LastPass and many others. Both are good solutions to managing wayward lists of usernames and passwords, both are popular, both will do the job for you. They sync passwords and work on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Windows.
At a price; seemingly an ever increasing price.
What if you’re on a budget?
Sure, you could use the Mac’s built-in Keychain utility but using it once likely will send you to something else because it can be cumbersome to manage, and you can’t really manage it from iPhone or iPad even though files sync between devices on iCloud.
Here’s a very good, very secure, quite easy to use solution to managing usernames and passwords on everything– Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows PCs, Android, and even Linux PCs. It’s called Buttercup. It’s free. It’s simple to use. It even has browser extensions for Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox.
Here’s what it looks like on a Mac.
This password manager is easy to recommend because it has most– but not all– the basics you need to keep passwords secure. It has 256 AES encryption, a rather simple and straightforward user interface, and syncs between your devices so passwords stay up to date.
One password keeps everything secure. But don’t forget that password.
If free is your game, Buttercup is the name. The app works well, gets updated regularly, and might be perfect for Mac users on a budget.