You all know that some of us around here are big Evernote fans. It comes in handy when moments of inspiration strike and blog topics come tumbling into our conscious minds at the least opportune moments, like when we are at the gym, or buying two buck Chuck at Trader Joe's.
Saturday morning, I had one of those moments. Inspiration struck. Ideas flowed. But when I attempted to open Evernote to jot down the ideas, however, I got a weird "authorization error" message on my tablet. My phone displayed the same error.
Long story short, something shiny distracted me and the idea disappeared. Evernote never did open. Later in the morning, they announced that they had reset passwords for everyone (hence the authorization errors) because someone had hacked their systems.
Before you freak out about your secretive notes, it seems that the stolen data included usernames, associated email addresses, and encrypted passwords. The usernames and encrypted passwords are probably useless for the hackers, as the encryption is probably too difficult to break. As for email addresses, we've got spam filters.
By Saturday afternoon, I had forgotten all about it, though I planned to write a post about the breach on Monday, in case you, my dear readers, were locked out of your accounts. Unfortunately, without Evernote, I forgot.
Besides, my real reaction wasn't one of surprise or alarm. It seems that at least once per month, a big Internet company is hacked. DropBox had issues last year. Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft had issues last month. This month it is Evernote's turn. The news of a hack barely elicits a yawn anymore, unless, of course, they actually get to the sensitive data.
Hacked accounts isn't good news. Neither is high gas prices or the economy. It's not news at all.
We'll still alert you, however. You can reset your Evernote password by logging into the actual website. After that, you can update your password in your mobile apps.
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