Evernote – Control your data 6

EvernoteBackupGoogle’s announcement that Google Reader will not be available after July 1, 2013 reminded us that nothing lasts for ever and that no matter how much we use a service, the providers can do what they say in their terms and conditions… stop the service at any time. The latest Evernote security issues also reminded us that cloud services CAN be hacked.┬áSo where does that leave us? Does that mean we should stop using cloud services? Of course not. We just have to take control of our data and make sure that our data can survive a possible stoppage or attack.

One of the reasons I like Evernote is the fact that you have a local copy of your Evernote Data on your Desktop. That means you have more control on your own data. It is the user that specifies which data to sync or share, so if you are concerned about security or think that some notes are too sensitive to go on the net, you can always keep them to your self and on your desktop where you control the security. How to to that? You can specify on creation if a Notebook is Synchronized or Local.

Having your data locally means you can easily make backups. Note that on a Windows desktop all your data are kept locally, whether they are on Synchronized or Local Notebooks. Where are they stored? To find that out go to Tools/Options and under the General tab look at the “Evernote local files” field.

So remember, control and backup your data.

Notebook Options

Notebook Options

Where are my data stored

Where are my data stored




6 thoughts on “Evernote – Control your data

  1. Reply Daniel Gold Mar 15,2013 12:54 pm

    This is really solid advice and a great reminder to everyone that they should always have a backup! If you have readers on a Mac, here’s the process I found from the Evernote discussion boards:

    1. Evernote keeps all your stuff on their servers. If you have the desktop version, all your stuff is also placed on your own hard drive.
    2. Every time you add a note, it goes to the hard drive and also to the EN servers.
    3. If you have a local notebook, your additions only go to your hard drive.
    4. Your stuff is kept on your ‘Library’ folder on your Mac. This is hidden in Finder. To find it open Finder, then click on ‘Go’ in the information bar at the top. At the same time press and hold down the Option key. Click on the Library folder.
    5. Follow the path User/Library/Application Support/Evernote. All your stuff is in there. (To continue go accounts/Evernote/username/content. All your notes are here.)
    6. Copy and paste this folder (Evernote) onto a USB external drive to back up.
    7. If you have time machine running, it is already being backed up.


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  3. Reply Colin Nov 16,2013 11:31 pm

    You also have the option of encrypting text in a note – on Windows anyway. I guess that is a bit more security?

    • Reply Constantinos Nov 18,2013 9:12 am

      Yes that is true Colin, but alway keep in mind that what you encrypting is text, the files that are attached within the notes are not encrypted. So be careful how you use that functionality.

  4. Reply Dan Martin Nov 17,2013 7:40 am

    Daniel Gold,
    Thank you so much for this info on Mac. I do use Time Machine!
    Daniel J Martin

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