Evernote privacy, revisited

This is a follow-up to my post from a few days ago about Evernote’s privacy policy changes. They got so much negative feedback about the changes that they’ve decided not to implement them, and to review and revise their policy to “address our customers’ concerns, reinforce that their data remains private by default, and confirm the trust they have placed in Evernote is well founded.” That quote is from their new blog post on the subject. I’m fine with that, and it’s nice to see them reacting quickly to this. I still don’t consider Evernote to be a great place to store seriously confidential information, but I wouldn’t consider most note-taking services to be trustworthy for that.

At lot of people have looked at OneNote as a good alternative to Evernote, but their privacy statement is fairly opaque. There’s nothing terribly alarming in there, but the statement is mostly a bunch of boilerplate legalese.

If I was looking at alternatives, and I didn’t need a Windows client, only macOS and iOS clients, I’d seriously consider Bear. It’s gotten some very good reviews. And it uses CloudKit to sync data, so it’s all encrypted by default.

Another one I’d look at, if I only needed macOS support, is Quiver, which is billed as “a programmer’s notebook.” One of the issues I have with both Evernote and OneNote is that they’re not great for plain text, specifically program source code. But I really need something I can use on iOS and Windows, so a macOS-only program wouldn’t do me much good.

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