Wanderling Reborn

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  1. 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..
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ?
  4. 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.
  5. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    Do you pay state taxes when you purchase EN in the US ?
  6. 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.
  7. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    He probably means that the price is the same number in Euros as it is in dollars, so the actual cost for the Europeans is higher by 20%
  8. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    All of your financial history, including any purchase you ever made with a credit card, is being tracked, recorded, and sold. That is the biggest chunk of private data that you have absolutely no control over. All of the email you send and receive to/ from Google accounts is scanned by them. Pretty sure that this also happens with Yahoo and MS. Although not all of them are selling your profile to advertisers. Apple seems to be a bit more privacy inclined than the rest, and Google is the worst. But the email always has at least two recipients, so unless both sides use some sort of email encryption, or at least reside at same email vendor that's not mining it"s users' mail, none is really private. All of your movements are being tracked by your phone, your car (if purchased in the past ten years or so), and depending on the country by a myriad of CCTV cameras with facial recognition. All of your internet traffic is tracked by your ISP, unless you are using VPN or Tor - but that's too much hassle for a regular user. You can't stop them, you can just try and limit who gets most of your info. When they share your data commercially, it's anonymised (for their protection) * so you can try and avoid Google services, for example. * not your financial data that the banks share, unfortunately. It's a balancing act between convenience, privacy, and security. I deeply mistrust Google, especially now that they are starting to mix their business with their politics. I won't ever use Yahoo because it's a scammer magnet and they can't seem to figure out basic security. I use Onedrive for mundane stuff where convenience is more important than privacy or security. I don't care if MS has access to my user manuals, service logs, or snippets of random things I'm interested in, and I like to be able to quickly find these records on any device. I trust Apple about as much as I trust Evernote, but iCloud Drive is somewhat feature limited. Anything I don't want the service I use to see, and especially anything I want to protect in case that service has an " oh *****" moment, is encrypted. On my end. Before it gets uploaded. I can still securely index and search that data, just not from my mobile devices. But since I know exactly where to find it most of the time, it's not an issue.
  9. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    Welcome back Sophia ! An off topic question, but why Bitwarden over KeePass ? Just curious. KeePass has been around for a long time.
  10. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    Long term is... relative. From what little I know of venture capitalism, it customarily operates on a 10 year cycle. I.e. when the money is invested into a startup, it has to start producing profits in ten years... if it's still afloat by then. The bulk of funding was raised between 2010 and 2012 - $225 million from the major VC firms. They likely expect to start seeing returns on their investment in the next 4-5 years at most. And that's in an industry where a 30% ROI is considered mediocre. Now do a simple math. If half of the revenue is going towards operating the company, and a whole half is going towards investors (which is an unlikely scenario in my opinion) then it would take just shy of 2 million users paying full price for the top Premium plan to produce a 30% ROI to these initial VC investors by the end of the next five years. So the question is, does Evernote have 1.8 million Premium (not Plus !) plan users paying full price, and can it survive and stay relevant and keep innovating while only having access to half of that revenue ? And what's O'Neil role in this - was he brought in with a focus on the long term sustainability, or is his job in salvaging the VC firms' investments ? We can only guess, since he's been pretty hush. So, anyone's opinion is just that.. an opinion. If you take O'Neil's initial interviews at face value, he was going to start a major push expanding EN's presence in the corporate world. If that push has been ongoing, there's been precious little information coming out. The machine learning initiative got off on a wrong foot, and the focus on Asia ... well that's an unknown. So, what exactly has EN been doing with all that money from their loyal user base ? How large is that base ? How much money are we talking about? Answers to these questions hold the keys to what is going to happen in the long term - and so far there's been no answers. So, all we can do now is speculate. At least the forum is as lively as ever.
  11. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    Why would I need a listing of all my docs ? You're basically saying "can you make XX look and behave exactly like YY" ? I do use a list of recent docs, with snippets of text, and can expand them if I want to (on mobile). Same thing when browsing the directories - I get a list of all files in them. There may be a way to get one master list of all docs - I don't know, since that's not how I work. On the desktop, I can do pretty much anything I can do with any other files, and have a general idea on how to achieve something like this. On my mobile devices, I use Spotlight or app's own search to find particular documents, or just go through the directory tree since 90% of time I know exactly where a given file will reside. I've been managing project data long enough to become very predictable. Most of time, if the file is not where it's supposed to be, it doesn't exist. I have data in many various forms - screenshots, photos, PDFs, Word files, excel spreadsheets, html files left over from my Onenote transition. The long-term storage stuff is filed in folders. The short-term / quick note type stuff is usually just dumped in my Inbox folder. Since all of it is searchable, I just need to type one or more keywords. For other stuff, I know exactly what directory to find it in. In this respect, it is closer to Onenote. E.g. if I wanted to find this conversation later, I can just save a screenshot of my browser window in my Inbox directory, and all I have to do then is search for your user name, or Evernote, since Onedrive supports search inside images (and so does Google Drive). Although I prefer to OCR everything myself, so I use Scanbot set up to automatically save everything in PDF format in my Inbox. Saved searches - I don't know, never used them. On the desktop, it's all the function of a program you use to index your files, so there's plenty of different ways to have saved searches. On the iPad, I honestly don't know. I tried to use saved searches in other systems (Outlook etc) long ago and typically just end up forgetting about them and running a query from scratch anyway. Sorry, can't answer that one. Tags and reminders - yes and depends on what system you're using. My tags are just plaintext snippets, this is the same system I actually started to use in Evernote and Onenote and just continued to use in all of my various systems. I don't tag all files, only the ones I need to. As to reminders, this is my favorite subject since I spent most of my career as an industrial project manager, and task management was a large part of my daily routine. The short answer is yes, via iOS Reminders synced to Outlook, with a link to file in the notes field. (The Reminders app itself is just a sync conduit, there are far better tools for task management). To take notes, I use a variety of tools and formats. If I want to take a handwritten note, or something that would involve heavy markup of images, I use Goodreader or Notability, and save the output in PDF format (automatically). Goodreader produces searchable / OCR'd handwritten notes, and is actually very accurate. If I need to add to that note on the desktop, I just use PDF comments (although most of time, either my phone or tablet are within easy reach). For notes that involve lots of typing, I use either an office program, or an old utility called NoteMaster, it's great for the quick on-the-fly note taking and automatically saves them in Word format. I could easily standardize on just one tool and one format, but there's no compelling reason, since they are all common formats that can be used later on any device, and using different apps helps fight boredom ;). With all of that, though, I can't persuade my wife to use a cloud storage instead of Evernote. She's used to that little green elephant and damn it if she's going to try anything else :). So I well understand the people who are deeply entrenched in EN. Happens to the best of us
  12. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    I stand corrected then...
  13. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    Why not go directly to OneDrive then ? What features do you have in Onenote that you don't have in OneDrive + Office ? Just curious. AFAIK Onenote only makes sense for MS tablet users - it is so well integrated into the system that you just can't beat the notetaking experience. For everyone else, it's just another layer of proprietary stuff between you and your data.
  14. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    In my opinion - which is worth about as much as most opinions do - the real competition is not Keep (that feels more and more like abandonware) or Onenote (which is a great tool but MS made it very clear that it's main reason for being is mobile devices), but Google Drive / Docs and Onedrive / Office. It's just that it takes a while for people used to certain ways of doing things to catch up with changes in technology. The only reason I still have an Evernote account is because my wife (who has a Master's Degree in a very challenging field, and a very sharp mind) refuses to learn anything else. Now that "new" competition has it's advantages and disadvantages, but it's feature set is growing by leaps and bounds. And these services are embedding themselves in people's lives now from elementary school (guess what services are being run on all these shiny new Chromebooks that schools all over the country are getting for pennies ?)
  15. Changes to Evernote's Pricing Plans

    Which would be a shame, really. They could still sell their premium subscription, but they need to differentiate themselves somehow. Simply being a place that stores and helps you find all kinds of data was revolutionary 8 years ago, but now it's just another Drive /Box / Cloud. As I said earlier, privacy could be one such selling point, but it would require some major changes in the way the data is being processed and exchanged.