Backing up your Evernote notebooks isn’t overkill. It’s smart

June 27th, 2013

Evernote is a great tool for saving your important information. When you store notes, videos, photos and other documents in an Evernote notebook, not only is the information saved on your computer, tablet or smart phone, it’s also saved in Evernote’s servers. However, the tech site How-To Geek offers this warning: This isn’t enough data security. Fortunately, How-To Geek also reveals how to have more security by backing up your Evernote notebooks.

Not as secure as thought?

You might be asking yourself: Do I need to back up my Evernote notebooks? How-To Geek would answer with an emphatic “yes!” The reason being, Evernote isn’t a backup system. It’s a synching system. And in a worst-case scenario, Evernote’s remote file store can be wiped. Then, the local file store can be wiped, too.

Top protection

You can add an extra layer of security to your Evernote notebooks – and the data they contain – by backing them up. There are various ways to do this – some, as How-To Geek explains, are quite complicated – but there is one simple option: You can export your Evernote notebooks.

The export option

To do this, first right-click on any notebook and select the “Export Notes” option. Best of all, you can export your notes in a wide variety of formats, including Evernote’s native one. Now, if you lose the notebook or the data it holds, you can select the “import” option to restore the exported notebook as a wholesale replacement for the notebook you lost.