Evernote: Ensuring Privacy and Security

By David E. Y. Sarna

Evernote, as the keeper of many secrets, is most aware of today’s privacy and security issues, especially because the founders made a good living in cryptography for many years before founding the company.

Some large heists of personal data have been splashed all over the news in recent years, including massive hacker thefts of customer data from Target, Neiman Marcus, and Michael’s. These reports have (understandably) put all of us on edge about the security of our data.

Evernote’s privacy policy

Detailed disclosure about what data Evernote collects and maintains about you is available in Evernote’s privacy policy. It’s not mumbo-jumbo, and you should take the time to read it.

Access history

Your access history is a running list of all the times your account was accessed over the past 30 days. This list includes all the versions of Evernote that you’ve used, along with locations and IP addresses. If you ever suspect that your account was accessed without your knowledge, you can check the history.

To reach your access history, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Help→Account Settings.

  2. Click Security Summary.

  3. When you’re prompted to do so, enter your password.

  4. In the Two-Step Verification section, select Enable.

  5. Click Access History to see how and when your Evernote account has been accessed in the past 30 days (see the figure).

    You can see the application that accessed Evernote, when, and the IP address of the device that had access. You can also review other services to which you’ve granted access rights (not shown in the figure).

    Fragment of an access log.

    Fragment of an access log.

If two-step verification ever becomes too burdensome for you, repeat Steps 1 through 3, and select Disable in Step 4.