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  1. I can't say I have had this problem.  I have used authy with evernote 2FA for years. One key, all my devices.  If I was you, I would turn off 2FA, delete all the extra keys you got set up in authy, 1password and authenticator and then turn it back on and register it.  You got too much junk in there to know what works and what doesn't.  You don't enable 2FA authentication by operating system, it is based on your account.  If you set up 2FA against your account, you use the same code against the web client, iOS, Mac OS, windows app, etc.  HTH

  2. I've noticed that checking the access history, my iphone can have some connections from strange locations.  I have a pretty distinct naming connection for my device, so I am not too worried as long as it tells me it is my device.  I notice that the IP address are all owned by AT&T mobile, which makes me think it's just dynamic IP addresses that AT&T assigns and reassigns constantly to phones.   I do recommend the 2 factor, I've had that since the day evernote added that functionality. 

  3. My biggest issue with Nimbus note is that I don't know anything about who they are.  About the only thing I can find out is that the founders both graduated from the Russian state social university according to their profiles on linkedin.  There's never been a mainstream article about this company.  I am not comfortable giving them all my evernote data.  I am more comfortable putting my data with a company I know. A company that will have whistle-blowers and press when something fishy is going on than a company I don't know squat about.  This is one of those times where it's better to stay with the devil you know than the devil you don't.  Besides their web clipper doesn't work on iphone (I did try their free account for a month)

  4. On 8/23/2018 at 11:06 AM, Mr Jumbo Guy said:

    I still love Evernote because of its smoothness over OneNote but I kinda stopped using it for my work purpose. Why? Because of it's privacy issue.

    No matter how much Evernote says that they don't look at user notes anymore after the public outrage when Evernote openly said that their employees can look at notes, I and many people (I am sure) have still not got peace of mind.

    Another thing, we can't password protect a whole note or notebook like we can password protect a whole section just by right-clicking and password protecting it in One Note.

    Find a way to fix those two and you will have a customer for life and I am sure you will have many customers from OneNote as well as from other notebook applications migrating towards your app.

    I still think this whole "evernote employees look at your notes" outrage is overblown.  It's not like every employee has access to them.  It was probably a few developers who needed to troubleshoot issues with the software.  Sometimes you can't fix software until you know how your end users are using your software.  You honestly think the Onenote developers can't look at your encrypted notes...they wrote the encryption and decryption functionality! Also, a quick google search shows there's about 20 software apps out there that will crack your onenote password.  If you are worried about it, you probably shouldn't put it in the cloud even if it is encrypted.

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  5. 12 hours ago, ab1kenobee said:


    @Wanderling Reborn... these are critical DISADVANTAGES.

    Thank you for spelling them out so clearly.

    ~ Alan

    Absolutely critical disadvantages. Here's some more that annoyed me and still do since I am forced to use it at work.

    I use my phone a lot to clip pages, add to lists, set reminders on my notes.  The clipper on iOS is horrible, takes little pictures of the webpages which you can't actually copy and paste text from later.  It also only lets you clip to notebooks you have open on the device.

    Plus, if you forget to open the ON after you clip, it will not be synced to your other devices or windows application

    There is no way to set reminders (or outlook tasks in Onenote) unless you are using the Desktop application. Not even in the UWP application that is supposed to replace the desktop app.

    The recent notes section only shows notes from that device.  It's a different list of notes on every device you open it on. There's also no history on the new UWP like in the desktop app.

    You can not sort by date, or see the date on a note was created in the preview view.  You have to open the note to see the date...unless you accidentally remove it, then it's just gone .

    If you draw over text, drop an image in a document, it looks great.  If you look at the same document on a phone, the drawing is moved somewhere else. Be careful not to make changes that will get saved, or your desktop will look the same.

    If you have a lot of notes, your phone app will be huge because it downloads the notebooks when you open a note.  My onenote app was over 15 gb at one point and the only way to stop it is to close notebooks. 

    That being said, there are advantages:

     it is free. Most people can also get some freebies to expand the maximum size from 5 to 15 or even 30gb.  

    it is great to use with excel documents because you can just update the excel sheets right in the note. Works great with all office apps, and sharepoint.

    You can share notebooks, notes with other users without having to worry if they are premium users who can't see a note over 20mb.

    There's version control.  You can go back to a previous version of the document (This is what causes a lot of the sync issues)

    If you are a student, they are really pushing the education aspect.  You can follow classes, fill out quizes, do math formulas... 




  6. Thanks everyone!  I already had my personal laptop's drive encrypted with bitlocker.  I am probably just paranoid but I wanted some sort of functionality similar to keepass where it prompts me for a passcode when it times out or the computer has been locked.  Maybe it is just overkill, but when you sit in the airport in Atlanta and realize you left your laptop in a TSA bin in North Carolina, it would definitely calm my anxiety.

  7. There needs to be a security pin that locks Evernote from being accessed by strangers.  If someone loses or gets their laptop stolen, all the notes are there for the picking. A security pin is the least we would need to put up a barrier.  It would also be great if we could remove the laptop from accessible devices and make it trigger a deletion of all the data from the laptop before it can be accessed.  Right now, it just stops anyone from syncing the account, but all data is still there to view.




  8. On 2/9/2017 at 5:17 AM, terencino said:

    Hi Jimmy Bionic, I just came upon your post and having only recently gone through the two-factor authentication (2FA for short) process myself, maybe I can help. It looks like you will need to set it up with Google Authenticator initially, but after that you can change the 2FA settings on the web version of Evernote to use text messages to your primary phone instead. Then you can delete the Google Authenticator. In thinking about why they have set it up this way, is it possible Evernote has an exclusive agreement with Google? For example you can also login using your Google account but not Facebook or LinkedIn or any other OAuth provider. I also noted that logging into Evernote with my Google account conveniently bypasses the 2FA, which seems a bit counter-intelligent... 

    Can I ask why you don't want to use Google Authenticator? I prefer Microsoft Authenticator myself, it just has an Approved button to press instead of a code that needs to be typed in, and the magic of a well-designed User Experience takes care of it all.

    Also thanks to you and Gazumped for your humour and patience with the process, it made me laugh


    Logging in with your google account does bypass the 2FA because you're logging in a different  way altogether.  Of course, if you have 2FA set up in Evernote, you should definitely have it set up for your google account.

    You also don't have to have google authenticator set up for evernote.  I use the Authy app myself which lets me choose multiple devices to login with.  I much prefer it over google's version. 

  9. On 12/12/2016 at 9:16 AM, DBWeden said:

    A number of people in our office use note taking software (EverNote, OneNote, Google Docs). As you may know, these products allow users to save notes to cloud accounts set up by the user. This creates a security issue for us – if someone leaves we need to make sure that notes taken during their employment at the company stay in our possession. I would like people to store work related notes on a Partners controlled platform. Hence the following questions:



    1. Can we set up EverNote to save to a cloud storage service we control? e.g. Dropbox

    2. If so, is this feature only available to the pay-version of the app?

    3. (optional) What are the top 5 features of EverNote that make it preferable to competitors (e.g., OnNote)?

    How do you control the notes with dropbox?  As far as I know, I can go into my dropbox directory on my pc and copy the entire directory and paste it somewhere else on the hard drive or a thumb drive and have everything from the dropbox account in my possession without the company knowing? Besides my dropbox is on 3 laptops, a desktop and they get backed up at least weekly.   I don't think any of these cloud accounts will keep your notes safe from being copied and shared if they are personal cloud accounts.  Seems to me it might be easier to make everyone sign a non disclosure agreement and give the person leaving a few months salary to ensure their good faith.

  10. On 10/28/2016 at 5:40 AM, jaffab said:

    First of all, I am going to start by saying I used to LOVE evernote.   I have used it since it first appeared (oh so many years ago), have always been a PRO user, have a few thousand notes in 60 or so notebooks.   Recently, I have found myself using Evernote less and less, and I thought I would provide feedback to Evenote in case it helps them in the future.    These are the reasons why I am starting to STOP using evernote (and will most likely move my notes elsewhere in the near future and cancel my service):

    1) The web login screen.     I find the full screen animation really annoying - its massive bandwidth, does nothing to tell new users what Evernote is, makes it hard to see what I am doing - clean is simple.  IF I wanted to see a movie, I would go to a cinema.

    2) I am a user, I dont want to hunt for a LOGIN button every time.   The initial prompts l(user ID and pasword) make it look like a login, but its a signup form.    It used to be signin form, and "New User?" link.   Hate I am less important that a new user

    3) Everything is SOooooo slow now.  After I logged in on the web, it took 26 seconds to load up my Evernote page.  A sync on Evernote GUI app took 59 seconds.   My web acess here is 80mb (fiber) so my internet is not the problem.   Its really annoying to wait so long to do anything

    4) The Windows GUI is awful.  It has been awful since you got rid of the old interface and went to the flat look a couple of years back.    Its hard to find anything (unclear where you should be looking), its full of useless information (those tiles of unuseful information) and the scroll bars are a joke - so thin you cant actually use them and the display of where you are in the scroll bar is very light grey on silver.  Awful, awful, awful

    5) The Windows GUI and the web interface of notebooks does not remember when folders are closed - I have folders in folders in folders - and every time I have to manual close them all again to see what I am doing.   It used to remember.

    6) The searching in the web version of Evernote is awful.    So as an example - I have in my many notebooks, a notebook called "SQL Server", so I quick the notebooks icon, and it lists my notebooks, I go down to SQL Server, have a look around, need to find a note in SQL... there is no search facility other than the search icon on the tool panel on the left.   I click it - where does it search?  EVERYWHERE.  Oh, there is a pull down of where to search, so I use the pulldown and there are two options down... ALL notebooks or my last recent notebook... which is not SQL.  There is no way (or no clear way) of searching within a specific notebook.


    Evernote used to be about quick access, easy to save notes, and most importantly, easy to find notes.    It now seems more about functions we dont need (does anybody actually use the evernote chat???) and finding some quickly is a nightmare.   Its more an un-productivity tool.


    Please, stop trying to be clever - stop trying to add new features, stop trying to 'out feature' the other tools out there.  Get back to basics - be quick, useable, the best note store and pickup facility you can be.  Please!


    (I will be adding to this as I think of more things)

    1+2  - If you have a google account, log in with your google account.  I'm usually logged into gmail, so in the rare cases that I go to the evernote web, I'm logged in automatically because I'm already google authenticated.

    3. I've never experienced this on my end.  Just because your internet speed is 80 down doesn't mean that you can access all 80 at one time.  You might want to check your router and see what type of traffic is going on that you might not know about.  My kids usually take up about 40 mbps streaming their shows on their rokus.

    4. It's not pretty, I'll give you that.  The search works much better for me when I use the CTRL-Q option instead of the seach box on the page.

    5. It seems to remember which stacks I have closed and which I have left open.  I'm not sure what you mean by folder in folder in folder. One of the things I don't like is that evernote doesn't have folders in notebooks.  Just stack of notebooks.  Now in Onenote you can have notebooks with section groups with section groups within...and onenote doesn't remember any of these section groups you have closed.  Not sure if that's what you are referencing.

    6.  I rarely use the web, so I never noticed that.  That is some lazy coding, I agree wholeheartedly with you there.

    Evernote is by no means perfect, but it still beats every other application I've tried when it comes to finding something quickly from my notes.  I am hoping they will improve the core functionality to allow us to filter easier in the future so our searches will be even quicker and easier.

    One thing I've never understood is why developers want to force new functionality on users and take away functionality that was previously available. There should be an opt-in option on all new functionality and an option to keep old functionality. Some users like change, others hate change...you can't ever make everyone happy if you don't let users have options to take it or leave it.

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  11. 13 hours ago, Ex_User said:

    If you want to add your own notes on a clipped article, try OneNote. It allows free-form editing, which means you can add marginalia at the sides of the clipped article. It also has a web-clipper. It may not be as good as Evernote web-clipper but for most part it works just fine.

    This free-form editing is possibly the biggest annoyance with the onenote web clipper.  What you're in fact doing is taking a screen shot of your article and writing over it.  It's the same as having layers in photoshop.  If you ever need to go into the actual article you clipped, for instance to remove comments or advertisements, it is impossible because it is a picture. Good luck on copying some text and using it somewhere else (yes, there's a work around which works 50% of the time). Also, don't clip from your phone or you have an itty bitty tiny picture.  So, no for the most part, the onenote web clipper does not work, it sucks.

  12. As a developer, I understand that sometimes you need to be able to look at real data to see if your code is working as expected.  However, instead of making me sign off on an all or nothing rule, I would like evernote to send me request for permission every time one of Evernote's developers needs access to my data. Let me know what data the developer wants to access and who the developer is.  You are correct, it's my data, I want to know who is looking at it and decide if I am OK with it.

  13. I'm not sure about the Mac.  On a pc I have done it easily many times.  Make sure you have onenote desktop and evernote desktop version on the same computer.  In evernote, click file from the menu, then import, then microsoft onenote.  The import popup lets you pick which notebooks to import into evernote. 

  14. 46 minutes ago, tony10000 said:

    I am not sure why there is so much angst concerning this decision.  They are moving from their servers to Google's data center.  It could be that Google can protect your data better than Evernote can.  And, it is wise not to put sensitive data in the cloud--no matter whose server it is on!

    I think most users can not make the distinction between google search and google cloud services.  Using google's data center is totally different than the search service.  For one, evernote rents the server space and traffic.  They own the data on those servers, not google.  This is equivalent to using Amazon Web Services.  Spotify uses google cloud, dominos, best buy...,slack# uses AWS, so does Netflix and a ton of other companies you use every day.  Google cloud is new and trying to compete with AWS...this has nothing to do with google search.  

    BTW, from using AWS, one of the advantages for users is that servers can be added automatically as your traffic spikes. So you don't get downtime as often, it's not slow during heavy traffic period, updates can be implemented without downtime.  Evernote can always have the newest, fastest and most secure servers to keep your data safe. Hopefully google cloud has very similar functionality to AWS.

  15. 21 hours ago, kalliopetwa@gmail.com said:

    I don't know about the rest of you "basic" users, but I've had Evernote Basic for several years and love it.  What I do NOT love, however, is being coerced into paying for something that has been free ON ALL MY DEVICES (I own 3) by being forced to choose only 2 now.  I don't need the little extras the Pro plan offers, but I do need to have Evernote on all of my devices - just as it's always been.  Things like this really tick me off.

    I always looked at it as a temporary thing.  This is a business, not a non-profit organization.  Evernote is in the business of making money.  Expecting to always get the service for free seemed unrealistic to me.  As far as I know, Evernote hasn't made a profit.  Companies don't last very long by giving things away for free.

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  16. That's a great feature in OneNote.  One of the reasons I wanted to switch over to 1N.  However, it only works on the desktop and you can't be reminded of them unless you connect it to outlook, which creates a task for it.  None of the apps (web,ios,android)  have this feature. I like to create my todo's on the fly when I think of them, which usually is not when I'm in front of my pc.  

    I create notes for reminders and add actual tags to my notes.   I have a tag group called .todo with sub tags  inbox, action pending, complete, archive.  I create a notebook stack for each project and create reminders for my todo items.  Then my reminders are ordered by project and todos show up with or without dates.    It's a different way of doing it, but it works great for me.

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