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Is there a way to sign out of all instances of Evernote

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Thanks @EdH

That is very, very valuable information. So if I understand correctly, you're saying that although revoking does log you out of Evernote, a savvy user might still be able to access my database / notes in the Windows and Mac platforms, right?

In my case, I had left behind my SurfacePro with a family member who is not tech savvy so there was little danger in that happening.


I have my SurfacePro here now, and I went on the web application and revoked access.

My Evernote was logged in and open on the SurfacePro. I am still able to look through all my notes. The only thing that happened a few minutes after I revoked access is that I got a warning that in order to sync my notes I would have to provide a password.

I was under the impression - or had assumed - that revoking would mean that clicking on any notes would no longer work unless the person signs on/provides a password.

Does it only work that way if Evernote is already closed?



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Inquirying minds need to know the answer.

I revoked access to my Mac which is currently online, logged in but not active
Accessing my Mac, I have been logged out.

If my Mac is offline, revoking access has no effect.


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1 hour ago, EdH said:

Yes. It simply blocks further syncing. If the client is running, it will not force-close the client. You are revoking access to cloud data, not initiating a logoff or a wipe-data command. This is not designed as a security tool. It is simply a way to control your device count. Free users only get access to two clients, and this provides them a way to revoke unused clients so they can get another client working.

I see. Thanks @EdH. So it is not a security tool.

So going forward, if I ever forget to log out of Evernote my only option would be to ask the person to log me out of it.

Any plans on making the option to log off and force close the client on any device available in the near future? 

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2 hours ago, EdH said:

You are revoking access to cloud data, not initiating a logoff 

My testing shows the revoke process initiates a logoff 

The Device has to be online to receive the logoff instruction.

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Thanks for participating in this discussion @DTLow it's so important to be clear on how things work.

In my case, had I not tested the revoke method with my SurfacePro in front of me, I would have walked away thinking I was logging off and preventing anyone from clicking through my notes.

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@DTLow when you say the device needs to be "online" - do you mean that Evernote needs to be active and signed in. And have you done this test on both the desktop and web versions of Evernote.

I don't know if I mentioned that on the SurfacePro I have been talking about the DESKTOP version of Evernote.


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I'm using a Mac, iPad, and Web

Online = connected to the internet

Active?  My devices do background activity; the Evernote window can be closed and still receive the logout instruction.  For sure, the first sync will receive it.

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OK - thanks for clarifying what you meant by online.

I didn't realize that the Evernote window can be closed but still receive the instruction as long as Evernote is logged in and connected to the Internet.

Like with Outlook the desktop version - the "send later" instruction and other things don't work unless Outlook is open. I realize this may be a completely different thing and maybe very obvious as to why to a technically savvy person, but I guess for me it made me think that all programs work that way. 😕 

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Evernote as most other programs has background jobs running all the time. Most of them can be identified using the Windows Task Manager (press ctrl - alt - del at the same time, pick Task Manager, pick tab Autostart).

If you give a Windows PC away, it is best to clean the HDD / SSD using a cleaning tool. This will overwrite the data with other data (depending on the algorithm used just once, for SSDs, or several times, for HDDs) and make it effectively unrecoverable.

With a Mac, it is easier because all information is already saved in an encrypted way. Here it is sufficient „to throw the key away“ which turns the information into binary gibberish. The same is true for iOS devices. Just follow the instructions from Apple on this. With Android I am not familiar.

Regarding Evernote, normally the information is not kept locally on iOS devices. But offline notebooks will be copied to the local memory. Here uninstalling the app will smash the data as well. Just logging out (remote or on the device) will not erase the data of the offline notebooks.


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In response to what Shane, the Administrator, said, this does not seem to be the case any more.  I revoked access to my laptop, opened up a new tab, and was still logged in and able to see all my notes. 

I wish there was a way to actually log out of selected or all devices.  But if it's true that the data is stored on the device in essentially plain text format anyway and that once you revoke access, updates made to notes will not sync, then the outcome is the same whether you're able to initiate a log off of the device or not. 

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