Evernote has now made its 2 step verification process, also known as Two Factor or Multi Factor Authentication, available to all the users.
Other famous and recent companies to have recently rolled out the 2 step verification process are Apple, Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook to name a few. In the light of recent Hack attacks on all the high profile companies (One of them being Evernote itself), the companies deem it necessary to have an additional layer of security.
When Evernote introduced the feature back in May 2013, it was only available to Evernote Premium and Evernote Business users. However, the company had promised to eventually roll out the feature to all Evernote users once the process was optimized. So it took the company 4 months to finally make it available for everyone.
If you are free Evernote user, you will require an iOS, Android or Blackberry device (Sorry Windows), as, in order to enable the 2 step verification, you will require the Google Authenticator app. Evernote will ask you to verify your Email address and Phone number to set up the Two step verification process.
How does 2 step verification work?
It works exactly the same way it does on any other website. In 2 step verification, besides the username the website expects you to enter your secret password and a verification code they will send you at that instant on your registered phone number. This way, the intruder won’t be able to login even if they are aware about your password. Every time you login from a different Browser, Computer, Application, Operating System or Device, you will be asked for the verification code. It goes without saying that the code is different for each login. It is an optional feature, so you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to. But of course no one would recommend that.
Evernote beefed up their security after the company was hacked in March this year wherein hackers stole information such as Usernames, Email addresses and Passwords following which Evernote sent password reset to all the users.
Evernote is a software application which allows users to take notes in different formats like text, webpage, photographs and voice memos. It supports all major Desktop and Mobile operating systems. It was founded by Stepan Pachikov in 2008.
You will find the company’s official blog here.