What's stopping other people looking at my free Evernote account?

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What's stopping other people looking at my free Evernote account?

Here's something important to keep in mind if you have a free account with the very popular Evernote service.

We noticed this week the video below for Evernote users explaining a password feature. This feature is only if you're using the Premium version of Evernote, which you have to pay for.

But what if you're using a free Evernote account on a smartphone or tablet - what's stopping other people looking at your notes? The answer to that question is "not a lot".

The problem with many apps that connect to online services is that they store your account credentials to save you the trouble of logging in every time. The assumption is that you have to type in a PIN or password to actually use your laptop or phone, so anyone that gets as far as using an app is either you or someone that has your permission to use the phone or tablet.
 
But while you might let someone borrow your phone to make a call or to look up something on the web, there's probably some information on or accessible from it that you'd prefer to keep private. That's why apps such as Xero Touch (which provides mobile access to the cloud accounting service) give the option of using a PIN to protect from prying eyes.
 
If you want to use PIN protection with the Evernote apps for Android, iOS or Windows Phone you'll need to upgrade to an Evernote Premium account for $US5.50 a month or $US47 a year. Other benefits of paid accounts include 1GB of monthly upload capacity (vs 60MB with free accounts) and the ability to search inside PDF files.
 
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