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Evernote Fears Cyber Threat, Forces Global Password Change


Evernote notified users Saturday that they’d be prompted to change their passwords upon their next sign-on whether they requested a password change or not.

The platform, which serves as a notebook app that automatically syncs itself so that you can pick up where you left off on one device with a post you began on another, said it “discovered and blocked suspicious activity on the Evernote network” that appeared to have been a “coordinated attempt to access secure areas of the Evernote Service.”

The company’s investigation turned up no evidence that hackers accessed, altered or deleted users’ content or any payment information for its premium and business-level users.

However, the company did indicate in its email that those responsible for the suspicious activity were able to gain access to Evernote user information including usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords; the actual passwords, however, were not revealed to hackers because of the encryption.

It’s always a hassle to have to remember a new password, but hacking is becoming more and more of a common problem in this Information Age. You have to at least give companies credit for being proactive in watching for possible hacks and taking action before sensitive information does get stolen.

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  1. It’s difficult to remember all of the passwords because they have so many various requirements. I was annoyed to have to change it, but I don’t have anything in my Evernote that is really worth protecting. I’d feel differently otherwise, I’m sure.

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