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  1. other Evernote for Linux

    The single biggest challenge for me is taking quick notes on the fly and have them auto save and sync to all devices. This is where Evernote and Onenote shine. The problem I ran into is that there's no way to quickly start a new word document on mobile without multiple taps, and have it automatically save. For now, I am using Notability on iOS, and have it set up to automatically back up all notes to a predefined cloud location in PDF format. This works well for one time quick notes. I did look at Simplenote but I often use images in my notes.
  2. other Evernote for Linux

    None, if you can make it work and are happy with the results and limitations. Looking at this thread though, not all users are. There's four heavy technology users in our family. We have two desktops (running W10 and Mint), three personal laptops (W10, W7 and Evolution), three iPads, one Android tablet, two iPhones and two Android phones. We also have kids' school issued Chromebooks, my work laptop running W7, and share some files with my in-laws. When we tried to standardize on one tool to capture and share all data, it was a pain in the rear. Too much compromise and jumping through hoops. Instead, I decided that for this to work the best, data must be platform and tool independent, as long as it's 1)searchable 2) sharable 3) accessible. So, saving in common file formats, especially PDF, using whatever indexing utility exists on each system, using cross platform encryption for documents that need to be protected. My wife still uses Evernote because she doesn't want to move her cookbook database. Everything else is PDF, doc, excel or jpg.
  3. other Evernote for Linux

    This must depend on the individual setup... afaik for Onenote, it only works with 2007 and even then not for everyone. And not sure about Evernote. I tried and it didn't work for me.
  4. other Evernote for Linux

    The only viable option for Linux, other than using the web client, is to keep everything in Dropbox in common document formats, and use Recoll or a similar indexing service on the desktop to create a search index. Take notes in LibreOffice or as PDF markups. The notes you already have can be exported as HTML. For encryption, there's a number of methods available. Other than using a file system based database, there's really nothing available for Linux. It's still not really commercially viable to create a Evernote like service for it. Linux just now in the August of 2017 reached 3% desktop market penetration. It doesn't exist on mobile, for all practical purposes. Unless some enthusiasts decide to create code for free, or someone finds a way to Ron Evernote or Onenote under Wine, a file based database is going to remain the only option.
  5. Encryption

    It's also necessary to enter the password every time the document is opened. Besides, many people use their tablets more than desktops or laptops. Mass encryption of a database is always easier. Anyway, different preferences for different people...
  6. Encryption

    Sure. But the problem is, if you need to work with multiple encrypted PDFs using a strong password, it's a pain. Just imagine preparing the paperwork for your taxes. I scan tax related items as I get them through the year, and then I combine them into a single document to give to my tax guy. That's at least couple dozen documents, sometimes more. If using PDFs. every single one needs to be protected with at least a 10 character alphanumeric password, and it's a lot of repetitive typing - especially on mobile. Gets very old very fast. And that's just one use case. There's more uses. Onenote solves this by having encrypted sections. For someone using a cloud based file system, there's a number of solutions. For Evernote, I'd say Keepass is the best route - it's a tested and proven product, it's available for all platforms (although I am not sure if there's attachment support for Android), it lets you encrypt multiple attachments in one file using one password (and it supports TouchID), so in that tax example I could create a new Keepass file called Tax 2017, attach all of my supporting PDFs and images as I get them, and insert it into Evernote for easy retrieval.
  7. Encryption

    You can add file attachments to Keepass. I just found out that there is actually a way to access them on the iPad via Kypass app. And if all the OP wants is encrypted text notes, he can just use Keepass note field. No formatting, though. But search works. Encrypted iWork is fine if you don't expect to share your files, or have to access them from outside device that may not have it installed. Encrypted Word is fine too, if you trust MS encryption and are ok with a bit of overhead that using a rich text document requires. But since the OP seems to want to store lots of encrypted notes in Evernote, a keepass file seems like the best solution as long as he's ok with plaintext.
  8. Encryption

    The need to bulk change - or bulk set - passwords for multiple encrypted items is usually related to having dozens or even hundreds of similar / related items that need to be protected. E.g. financial data - you're not going to protect every statement or every paycheck with it's own password. Evernote is not set up for this, anyway. 2OP - I would suggest using something else. Since you can only pretty much encrypt text anyway. E.g. use an encrypted Keepass database, and store it in your Evernote for quick access. And if you're not using mobile access, you can also add file attachments and have them protected as well.
  9. survey is a joke

    Didn't finish it either, since it would not accept the "None" answer. My impression is, Evernote is concentrating on attacking the business world, where the competition is huge and already dominated by the giants like Microsoft and Google. Every company that subscribes to either MS Office / Office 365 or Google Suite is also getting the collaboration / note taking tools with their subscriptions. I am not very familiar with Google Suite, but Onenote is very deeply integrated with Office and Sharepoint, so there's already a fairly high benefit threshold to cross. Persuading our company to spend additional software, training and support funds to invest in a 3rd party tool over Onenote that they already get with Office would be quite a challenge. Not to say an insurmountable challenge. The big question is, what does this do to individual users who don't necessarily need collaboration tools, and have other priorities.
  10. Storing sensitive data unencrypted on your computer is only slightly better than in the cloud. However, individually encrypting every single file with a strong enough password is not necessarily the best solution, it will deter most people from using any encryption at all. What is required is strong encryption built into the data storage system, or better else, a zero-knowledge encryption on user's machine. Of course you have to place your trust into whatever encryption system is used..
  11. Options to protect mobile data - just some thoughts

    Did you find this to be a tedious process ? And do you know of any iOS PDF readers that are easy to use for this (i.e. support comments, TouchID for passwords, and can sync to / from EN and cloud) ? I am just starting to look into encrypting individual files as opposed to storing everything in Cryptomator. While I know 99% of time where each file is located, it's nice to be able to use Spotlight to jump right to it.
  12. So, it looks like Experian just allowed criminals to access the complete database of fraud-ready information (SSN, addresses, DOB, financial history) of every single adult American with a credit history, and a yet unknown number of Brits. The best thing is, unless the financial industry completely changes the way things are done, that data can be used 5, 10, 15 years from now. This highlights the importance of users at least trying to protect whatever data they can. Assuming they put data that needs to be protected out in the cloud (some of us have to). And the data must be accessible cross-platform and on mobile devices, and the protection mechanism should be convenient enough that you actually use it. So, looking at the options: Protecting data in the databanking app (Evernote, Onenote, Drives etc) This is, unfortunately, the least developed part. Evernote doesn't have any native way to encrypt data on mobile devices, and none on the web platform that I could find. And there seems to be no way to encrypt attachments. There's Saferoom but it hasn't been around very long, it's a closed source app maintained by relatively unknown developers and I couldn't find any data on whether it passed any security audits; you just have to trust that they implemented the encryption standard correctly, with no exploits, bugs, or government mandated backdoors (not sure how that works in Putin's Russia where the developers are located). Onenote has AES126 encryption for sections, which is fairly easy to use with TouchID. It's also the only system I can think of that allows you to search in encrypted notes on mobile once the section is opened. However, Microsoft themselves warn users to not store any really sensitive data in it; while this may be a CYA statement, it does make one wonder... Apple Notes has fairly sophisticated encryption - from the articles I read, you must be a high profile target for someone with enough resources to try and crack your account. But AN is woefully platform-centric, basically unless you use Apple, forget about adding any attachments on the desktop. Protecting data independently of storage providers - this could be the best way to do it, since it gives you total flexibility. Using the built in encryption in Office and PDF files - AFAIK, and based on what I read, Office is finally at the point where it has strong encryption, although how strong their implementation really is - still not sure. And PDF encryption is considered to be pretty strong (with a proper length random password). The PITA here is having to type the password every time you open a document, and also the file names are unencrypted. Using AES encrypted ZIP files. This is probably the easiest way to store tons of data that you don't intend to edit often, especially for people less inclined to learn new apps. However, ZIP format itself is extremely insecure - a file encrypted in a ZIP container can be deleted and replaced with another file having the same exact name, without breaking the encryption. So the bad guys may not read your data, but they can still leave you a nasty trojan made to look like your data. For the people storing their data in one of the cloud drives, there's Cryptomator (which is what I currently use). It protects the files and you can mount it as a separate folder so you don't have to encrypt / decrypt files individually. However, there's no search on mobile. And editing a document on iOS is a multi-step process (export /edit / re-import / delete the unencrypted file). Also I don't think it will work with Evernote or Onenote or any other "wrapper" style system. There's a number of a 3rd party tools that will individually encrypt your files. But I don't trust most of the unknown ones. AESCrypt is well known and has been around for ever, but it's not well suited for working with a large number of files on mobile. No TouchID support, if you want to edit your file it must be imported in, unencrypted, exported out to your editing app, imported back into AESCrypt, and re-encrypted with entering the password twice. All of this could be sped up / automated fairly easily via some interface changes, e.g. specifying a session password and using TouchID to decrypt and encrypt, and specifying the default export location for encrypted files, but so far the developer is not in any rush to do it. Also, it can't be used for web access from a trusted computer that doesn't have it installed (e.g. from work) since there's no portable Windows version. Finally, there's encrypted storage like SpiderOak, Wuala etc - I am not using it so can't say much about this. So, what is everyone else using ?
  13. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    I've been using text based tags for years, and I really don't understand why more people don't do this. It works especially well on any system that supports global search (e.g. iOS Spotlight, or Windows Cortana). I put "qq" in front of tag to distinguish it from a regular word. My typically used tags are qqAct for the immediate / urgent action items, qqFU for follow up, qqRef for reference, qqFav for favorites, project specific tags etc. I just put these tags somewhere in the body of the document, where they can be easily found using the built-in indexing capabilities of Onedrive or Spotlight or Windows. A big advantage of a system like this is that I can have tags in different places and different programs, not just Onenote / Evernote / Onedrive, and running a search for e.g. qqAct will give me the list of my urgent action items across the board - in Onedrive, in iThougths, in Reminders, in calendar, in email, the only limiting factor is the indexing system used. I don't really care what proprietary tagging system exists in Onenote or Evernote, or doesn't exist in Onedrive - I don't rely upon them. Onedrive will find all files with my tags, and list them, and that's all I need. Moreover, I can place these manual tags in a particular place in a document, so I can find the exact line of text they refer to. When I was still using Evernote, I only used the built-in tagging system for visual organization - same way as I later used sections and pages in Onenote, or am using folders now. For the "real" tagging, i.e. quickly finding stuff, I've always relied on manual tags. This way, all of my tags are always there regardless of how many times or where I export my data.
  14. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    Do you pay state taxes when you purchase EN in the US ?
  15. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    The question is, what problem is being solved right now. Is the goal the long term well being of Evernote as a service, or is it guaranteeing that the Venture Capital firms finally start receiving return on their massive investments ? These two goals are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but they can be. It seems O'Neil had pretty much stopped any conversations about the possible future direction of Evernote about six months ago. He of all people should understand the value of communicating to your customers. My biggest question to him would be, "How do you plan on attracting new users and combating user attrition ?" Which so far has never been answered, to the best of my knowledge.