How to Password Protect Evernote App, Note and Notebook

2018-02-17 12:00:00 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

This is a tutorial on how to password protect Evernote on Mac and Windows. Evernote, along with OneNote, is among the most popular note taking software apps. This powerful, versatile app allows you to take notes, record voice memos, clip or bookmark web pages, make checklists, attach files, etc. Users can use it to take notes in class, plan trips, make business plans, organize work tasks and even to store private information such as passwords, bank details, among other things. To make your Evernote data especially the private data more secure, it’s important to protect Evernote with password.

Password Protect Evernote with the Built-in Encryption Feature

Evernote provides an encryption feature to make users’ information more secure. Below are some pros and cons of this feature.


  1. Evernote allows users to encrypt selected text within a note.


  1. While it’s easy to encrypt text in a note, the encrypted text can’t be indexed for searching, which causes inconvenience.
  2. Users can’t encrypt an entire note.
  3. Users can’t encrypt an entire notebook

The following steps will show you how to password protect Evernote by encrypting selected text. The steps are useful whether you use a Mac or Windows PC.

Step 1. Go to a note containing the content that you want to lock with password. Select the text you want to encrypt.

Step 2. Right-click or control-click the selected text and click the Encrypt Selected Text option.

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Step 3. Enter a password. It’s recommended to use an easy-to-remember password which however should not be easily figured out by others. Please note that you can’t retrieve the password if you forget it. Click OK, and the text will immediately be locked with a password. By the way, you can enter a hint to help you remember your password. This is how you can easily password protect Evernote on Mac.

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Tip: Users have been requesting a function to password protect individual notes as well as notebooks. Such a function is long expected but not available yet. Currently you can password protect an Evernote note by selecting and encrypting all text in the note from the beginning to the end. When it comes to password protecting Evernote notebook, there is no direct solution. But you can still do it by password protecting Evernote app instead. Below is how.

Password Protect Evernote App to Add An Extra Level of Security

How to Password Protect Evernote on Mac

Mac users are recommended to use Cisdem AppCrypt to lock Evernote app. This app locker for Mac is designed to let users easily password protect any app on Mac. With its protection, if anyone who doesn’t know the correct password tries to access your Evernote, the attempt will fail. This Mac app locker will also provide you with a record of any suspicious activity. In addition to locking apps with a password, it can also block any website on Mac.

Step 1. Download Cisdem AppCrypt for Mac to your computer and get it installed. Open the app.

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Step 2. You will be asked to set a password which will be needed if you want to unlock locked apps and adjust settings. Please don't forget the password. You can’t retrieve the password once you forget it.

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Step 3. Click Add App to select and add app(s) to this app locker for macOS. In this case, Evernote app will be added. If you don’t want to password protect Evernote app anymore, just remove it from the list.

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How to Password Protect Evernote on Windows

If you want to lock Evernote app on your Windows PC, GiliSoft EXE Lock can be used. This tool can lock any app and EXE file with password on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. If you want to prevent other people from possibly viewing your Evernote notes or notebooks, simply run this Windows app.

Step 1. Download GiliSoft EXE. Double click the setup file to install it on your PC.

Step 2. Go to Help > Settings. Change the default password “test” to the password that you want to use. Confirm the new password by entering it again.

Step 3. Add Evernote or any other app that you want to lock with password to this tool. There are two ways to add app(s). You can drag and drop the executable file or shortcut of Evernote to the main interface.

Alternatively, you can right click the executable file or shortcut and select Lock with GiliSoft Exe Lock. If other people try to open your Evernote, a window will pop up telling them that they don’t have enough access rights.


Evernote is a great and easy-to-use tool to take both personal and work related notes. To keep your notes, important thoughts and ideas, etc. private and from prying eyes, the best solution is to password protect Evernote. If selected text encryption is not enough to you, it’s highly recommended to lock up the app itself with a password. In this regard, software like Cisdem AppCrypt for Mac can help you out. Do you use Evernote on a daily basis? Do you have other tips and tricks on how to protect Evernote? Welcome to share your thoughts by leaving a comment in the section below.

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