Evernote Says, “Never Mind”

This is a follow-up to Wednesday’s article, Some Evernote Employees Can See Your Notes. Apparently Evernote experienced a big backlash from its customers after announcing the planned changes to its privacy policy that would have permitted some employees to view the content of users’ notes.

Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill issued an apology of sorts yesterday for the company’s “poor communication” around the policy, and pointed out that users’ information would be anonymized. But today the company has gone one step further by announcing that it’s no longer implementing the planned changes in their current form.

Details may be found at: https://blog.evernote.com/blog/2016/12/15/evernote-revisits-privacy-policy/ and at: https://blog.evernote.com/blog/2016/12/15/note-chris-oneill-evernotes-privacy-policy/

Some Evernote Employees Can See Your Notes

UPDATE: Click here to see an update to this story

Do you think your Evernote notes are private? Think again. The company says that changes which go into effect on January 23, 2017, will give some Evernote employees the right to look at notes posted by anyone using the service. So much for privacy!

I have been a big fan of Evernote and I have thousands of notes in their servers. I do encrypt many of my more sensitive notes but not everything stored in Evernote. I even pay $69.99 a year for the Premium version and have loved it and have recommended it to others. However, if the company doesn’t change its policy before January 23, I will be deleting all my notes and canceling the service. Today I wrote a note in my calendar for January 23, 2017 to cancel Evernote.

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pCloud: Better than Dropbox?

Dropbox is a very popular service. However, it certainly is not perfect.

My biggest complaint with Dropbox is that it has a rather weak method of encryption for storing your data on Dropbox’s servers. (See https://goo.gl/G7cxNF for an explanation of Dropbox’s encryption weaknesses.) Dropbox employees can read your personal data. If Dropbox receives a court order demanding they supply copies of your personal data to some government agency, the company must do so. Also, in theory, if a hacker ever gains access to Dropbox’s servers, that person  possibly could also read your data. The odds of a hacker gaining access are slim but not impossible.

Next, Dropbox only provides 2 gigabytes of storage space free of charge, significantly less than that of most of its competitors.

One new service is “just like Dropbox, except (1.) it is faster than Dropbox, (2.) it can encrypt every bit of data before storing on the company’s servers, making the service much more secure and (3.) it offers 10 gigabytes of free storage space with the option to obtain 20 gigabytes at no charge if a user makes some bonus steps.

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