Three months after a security attack on Evernote servers, which forced its users to reset their passwords, the company has released a two-step verification security feature. We saw this same function released with Microsoft Outlook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google.
The logic behind this decision by all these companies is the same: Enabling the two-step verification feature will require a code to be entered in addition to the username and password you normally would use while logging in. The first step of verification would be the regular credentials, while the second is the security code. Even if your credentials are compromised, chances are pretty good that the perpetrator won’t have access to these codes.
Evernote allows us to use a Google app on our phone that displays a temporary code that can be used for verifying access to the Evernote website. You could go this route or select to receive a standard text message with a code that you’d enter. Furthermore, Evernote also provides the users with backup codes in the event our phone is inaccessible to receive the code.
Let’s take a look at how to enable two-step verification in Evernote and what how to actually use it.
Setting Up Two-Step Verification in Evernote
Sign in to Evernote in a browser using this link.
Open “Account Settings” in the top right corner of the page.
Choose “Security” from the left side of the page and then click the link labeled “Enable” under the “Two-Step Verification” section.
A notification may appear indicating you must be using the latest version of Evernote on your devices. Check for updates to ensure this is the case.
Take note of the next screen, which reminds us what we’ll need for logging in from now on: Your regular password in addition to a verification code.
To start the two-step verification process, you must confirm your email address.
Click the “Confirm Email Address” button in the email Evernote will deliver.
The page the confirmation link takes you to will confirm your email and then ask for your phone number. This is the number verification codes will be sent to when you sign in to Evernote.
You’ll then be asked to sign in to Evernote at this time to verify that you have access to the account.
The next step will be to enter the code that was sent to your phone:
You can also optionally include a backup phone in the event you don’t have access to the one just previously set up.
Now you need to download the “Google Authenticator” app on your mobile device to get a verification code. Choose the device you’ll be using from the list on this next page.
If you’re on your phone now, choose one of these links:
Open the app you’ve just downloaded and scan the bar code that’s in your browser. A code will appear on the device.
Quickly enter this code in the browser like this:
You’ll then be shown a small list of backup codes that can be used if you don’t have access to the verification code method.
Do not dismiss this list, in part because the next step makes you confirm you saved them somewhere.
Enter one of the backup codes from the previous step:
You’ve now finished the verification setup. The last page is simply letting you know which devices will require a verification code.
Now when you sign in to Evernote on any of the above devices, you’ll get a screen like this:
Enter the code from the Google app you’ve previously downloaded. Or you can choose the link above that says “I need help getting a verification code” to choose other verification methods like using a text-delivered code or backup code.
If you don’t have your phone handy, the text message will obviously be of no help. This is where you’d use a backup code.
Setting up two-step verification for any online website is a good idea to combat security breaches. Ensure you keep the backup codes Evernote has given you in a secure place. As they mentioned – don’t store the codes in your Evernote account or they’ll be rendered useless for trying to gain access. Storing them in another service that uses two-step verification would complete the security circle.
Now that your account is secure, take a look at some Evernote productivity tips here.