Evernote’s Two-Step Verification - dummies

Evernote’s Two-Step Verification

By David E. Y. Sarna

Evernote offers users two-step verification (known in the industry as two-factor authentication), which is designed to keep your account secure even if someone discovers your password. It does this by requiring a verification code whenever you’re asked to provide your username and password.

This request usually occurs only when you log into Evernote Web or install the app on a new device. This combination of something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone) makes two-step verification a significant security improvement over passwords alone.

What makes two-step verification powerful is the six-digit verification code. This code is delivered to your mobile phone via text message or, if you prefer, generated by an app that runs on your smartphone, such as Google Authenticator.

Evernote also gives you a set of one-time backup codes for use when you’re traveling. Don’t keep these codes exclusively in Evernote because you’ll need them in situations when you may not have access to your Evernote account.

If you have a free account, you have to install an authenticator app on your phone in order to set up two-step verification. A good option is Google Authenticator. If you are a Premium user then you also can have the code delivered to you as a secure text message via Telesign.