Evernote Hacked! Millions of Passwords to Change

March 4, 2013  |  

The entire user database for the online organizational service Evernote has to change its passwords after a hacking incident on Saturday. That means new passwords for 50 million people.

The company made the announcement in a blog post in which the company says, “[W]e have found no evidence that any of the content you store in Evernote was accessed, changed or lost. We also have no evidence that any payment information for Evernote Premium or Evernote Business customers was accessed.”

However, encrypted passwords, email information, and other personal data was compromised. The company gives tips for choosing a new password — “never use the same password on multiple sites,” it warns — and says it’s doing what it can to beef up security. It tells users to also be vigilant about emails coming from places posing as Evernote.

In a second post on its blog, it cites the various other hack attacks that have taken place over the past few weeks, including those on Apple and Twitter. The site points out that this attack doesn’t appear to be related to others that have used holes in the Java system to get into users’ information.

Perhaps the most surprising thing to me is that there are 50 million people using Evernote. But, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, users are devoted. CEO Phil Libin says he’s aiming for a billion users. The company is adding 100,000 users per day, according to the article. With the recent release of a product for the business market, the company hopes to reach that benchmark even sooner.

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