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#1 mediafred

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

Is there a way to password protect a notebook or notes so if you post a link somewhere to content it can be protected?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:20 PM

Is there a way to password protect a notebook or notes so if you post a link somewhere to content it can be protected?

Thanks.


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You cannot password protect a notebook. You can encrypt the content of a note if you are using one of the desktop clients. See the instructions in my signature for your device.

#3 gazumped

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

... and you can use a password-protected file to limit access to the content of a note, or you could move the content to another notebook and leave a direct link to it in place; if the person viewing the note doesn't have permission to see it in its new location, they won't be able to get through the link. (Provided the new location isn't already open).

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:46 AM

... and you can use a password-protected file to limit access to the content of a note, or you could move the content to another notebook and leave a direct link to it in place; if the person viewing the note doesn't have permission to see it in its new location, they won't be able to get through the link. (Provided the new location isn't already open).


1. By "password-protected file" do you mean to use your computer OS to password protect a file that you attach to an Evernote note?

#5 gazumped

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:49 AM

1. By "password-protected file" do you mean to use your computer OS to password protect a file that you attach to an Evernote note?


Not the computer OS as such, but much software - MS Office, Adobe PDF etc - offer options to save an encrypted file that requires a password before it will show its contents.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:50 PM

I'd like to be able to password protect a notebook because I use evernote on an iPad used by my family so I'd like to prevent them from being able to get into certain notebooks.



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:23 PM

As Grumpy and Gaz have already said above, you cannot password protect a notebook. You CAN individual notes.

As a workaround you may be able to get what you want in setting up a 2nd EN account with ONLY your personal and private notes.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:26 PM

As Grumpy and Gaz have already said above, you cannot password protect a notebook. You CAN individual notes.

As a workaround you may be able to get what you want in setting up a 2nd EN account with ONLY your personal and private notes.

Ok, but HOW do you password protect an individual note? I am trying on the web (Mac OS) and on my iPhone, and cant see any way to add password protection to an individual note.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:51 PM

As Grumpy and Gaz have already said above, you cannot password protect a notebook. You CAN individual notes.

As a workaround you may be able to get what you want in setting up a 2nd EN account with ONLY your personal and private notes.

Ok, but HOW do you password protect an individual note? I am trying on the web (Mac OS) and on my iPhone, and cant see any way to add password protection to an individual note.

The desktop versions of Evernote will allow you to select all of the text in a note, and encrypt it using Evernote facilities. This text can be decrypted on any Evernote client, even the mobile ones, I believe, at least you can do this on the Android.


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#10 GrumpyMonkey

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:02 PM

As Grumpy and Gaz have already said above, you cannot password protect a notebook. You CAN individual notes.

As a workaround you may be able to get what you want in setting up a 2nd EN account with ONLY your personal and private notes.

Ok, but HOW do you password protect an individual note? I am trying on the web (Mac OS) and on my iPhone, and cant see any way to add password protection to an individual note.

 

Only the desktop clients allow you to encrypt a note. You can decrypt a note on any platform (as far as I know), but you can only edit the content using desktop clients (as far as I know). 



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:04 PM

@GM: Two minds that work as one. (or two half-wits making up one mind?) :)


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#12 GrumpyMonkey

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 02:12 PM

@GM: Two minds that work as one. (or two half-wits making up one mind?) :)

 

The latter :)

 

I should have quoted your post. I was just clarifying some of the points about decryption and encryption on different clients. As a side note, as far as I know, the manual (in my link) for OSX doesn't mention encryption at all, even though it is certainly possible. It is a little confusing for users (here I am climbing up on my soap box again to berate the poor folks at Evernote about insufficient documentation of the products they spent all of this time developing!) to know what can / can't be done on each client.

 

Well, I guess if there was documentation, the forums wouldn't be quite so busy, so it gives us something to talk about!



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:12 PM

I'd like to be able to password protect a notebook because I use evernote on an iPad used by my family so I'd like to prevent them from being able to get into certain notebooks.

Not sure if this would work for you or not but I was looking for something similar. My work around was to use aNote app on iPad. I can lock specific folders that then sync with Evernote. I password locked Evernote on my iPad so if someone does need to get to my Evernote notes I let them access it thru aNote not the Evernote app on the iPad. But I do really wish that the locked folders in aNote would automatically be locked folders in Evernote that way they would also be locked on the desktop or web.

I will also add that I don't share my iPad with my family. Im actually very protective of it and really do not like any one else using it. 

I have used the encrypting text for some things but it really is not practical for "journal" like note. I realize that Evernote isn't really intended to be used as journal but it actually works very well for me.



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:22 PM

I realize that Evernote isn't really intended to be used as journal but it actually works very well for me.

Hi. The nice thing about Evernote is how flexible it is, and I doubt the developers could even say everything it is intended to do. I bet they are hoping people will come up with their own ways of working the app into their lives. I find Evernote to be particularly well-suited to journals, and that is one of my main uses for it :)

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:56 PM

Darn...back to OneNote. These options aren't really viable for the business world.



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:34 PM

Is there a way to password protect a notebook or notes so if you post a link somewhere to content it can be protected?

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I figured out how to password protect an individual note.  First of all I have an iMac and an iphone 5, I use Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. I have an Excel spreadsheet that I needed to password protect because I wanted access to it on my iPhone. The file was password protected in Excel on my iMac so I had to remove the password, then send the file to Evernote via an attachment. I could then open it with no password. I went back into the Excel file on my iMac, added the password, then synced Evernote...Voila. I can now open the file on my iPhone using the password.



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:56 PM

I figured out how to password protect an individual note.  First of all I have an iMac and an iphone 5, I use Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. I have an Excel spreadsheet that I needed to password protect because I wanted access to it on my iPhone. The file was password protected in Excel on my iMac so I had to remove the password, then send the file to Evernote via an attachment. I could then open it with no password. I went back into the Excel file on my iMac, added the password, then synced Evernote...Voila. I can now open the file on my iPhone using the password.


FYI, password protected Excel & Word files are very easy for hackers to get into. The best option is to use a true password manager.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:31 AM

I too was wanting a way to password a note but it looks like you can only password/encrypt the text in a note.  While that is pretty good, it doesn't help me in all situations.

For example, I want to make copies of certain documents for an upcoming Italy trip (ie: Driver License, passport, insurance papers, etc.,).  Because those are images, not text, there is no real way to encrypt or password protect them in Evernote.

You could zip them up first and then password protect them but then you need assurances of whatever device you're using has that same type of uncompression program available, plus it's extra steps.

 

I vote that notes can be password protected or encrypted in some way!

 

Regarding the previous comment on ease of cracking passwords for Office files, true, if you use weak password, but if you use very strong passwords like I do, then I thik it's unlikely someone would bother after a reasonable amount of time and effort.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:05 PM

You can add images to PDF files and make a portfolio of your documentation in a password-protected PDF file (If you have/ have access to a PDF editor).  If you're browsing away from home,  it's certain that any computer will have Adobe Reader so you can open the file...


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:12 PM

You can add images to PDF files and make a portfolio of your documentation in a password-protected PDF file (If you have/ have access to a PDF editor).  If you're browsing away from home,  it's certain that any computer will have Adobe Reader so you can open the file...

 
To take this a step further, there is a dfiference between password protecting a PDF & password encrypting a PDF.  Again, encryption is the most secure way to go.
 
 

Regarding the previous comment on ease of cracking passwords for Office files, true, if you use weak password, but if you use very strong passwords like I do, then I thik it's unlikely someone would bother after a reasonable amount of time and effort.


All you have to do is Google to find any number of apps that will crack passwords.  Even when using a strong password, if the document is only password protected & not password encrypted, it's one step easier for someone to get into.  It's kind of like locking your door but putting the key under the mat.  I don't see the advantage of using a password protected document when there are other, better, more secure ways to store sensitive data & they don't require any extra effort.  Just like when I lock my door, I take my keys with me.


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