Evernote is launching three new security features for its note-taking service today. First up is two-step authentication, which is always a simple but extremely effective method of adding an extra layer of security to your account. Evernote will ask for a six digit pin number that’s text messaged to your phone whenever attempting to log in to your account from a new location or device. It’s an optional feature that’s exclusive to premium and business users, but if you’re eligible, it’s worth setting up.
The second security feature is setting up authorized applications, and it’s available to all users. Basically, you’ll have access to all of your signed-in instances of Evernote from your web account, and you can manually disable them in case you ever lose a device, like your smartphone or tablet. The next time Evernote tries to run on that device, it will re-ask for a password.
The last feature is a full access history you can also access from your web account. This allows you to see when and where your account has been accessed, tracked by IP addresses and estimated locations. This can be helpful for making sure no one is sneaking into your account from somewhere you’ve accidentally left logged on. Like the authorized applications, this feature is available to all Evernote users.
As always, privacy is a huge deal when it comes to personal information. It’s good to see Evernote take some steps towards increasing security for users.