It seems to me th is whole debate on password protected notes (lots of users requesting it, and Evernote team steadily turning it down for years) is the result of a misunderstanding.
Basically the users are saying that password protected notes would add a little privacy in case their wife, husband or children click on the Evernote link in the family computer browser
Evernote people are saying that:
- this would give a false sense of security and that it's better to properly encrypt the secret part of the notes within or outside Evernote.
- that it would make searching into these notes impossible etc.
Well we're mixing up security and privacy+ease of use here: Users aren't even asking for the password Encrypted notes, they're asking for password Protected notes: if you have the password/pin code you can see the note, if you don't well, you can't.
Users are ready to accept that this is not a top-notch security feature, it doesn't need to show on your (impressive) security overview page. Classify it as an ease of use feature if you will. As long as people don't log off their account when they're they're fully responsible of what happens with it when they're not around. However this feature will give them some peace of mind and possibility to do some damage control in case they eventually forget to log off some time.