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Evernote reports it has been hacked, asks 50m users to change passwords

Evernote has become the latest company to join the growing list of hack victims, reporting this weekend that its security had purposely been breached by hackers.

The popular note-taking and synchronising app has over 50 million users at present, all storing text and voice based notes online. At present Evernote says that usernames, email address and passwords were accessed, although there’s no evidence that stored content or payment details were scooped.

Over the weekend the company released a statement saying that its security team discovered and blocked “suspicious activity on [their] network that appears to have been a coordinated attempt to access secure areas of the Evernote service”.

While our password encryption measures are robust, we are taking additional steps to ensure that your personal data remains secure” the company continued.

“This means that, in an abundance of caution, we are requiring all users to reset their Evernote account passwords.”

Evernote users should receive an email prompting them to go and reset their passwords – although we didn’t – which can be done by visiting and clicking the link at the top of the page. This can also be done through the company’s mobile apps on Android and iOS.

The service acts like an online locker for information, allowing its users to make text, voice and even map notes on a PC or mobile device and put them online. This information can then be accessed from a multitude of devices, making it possible to retrieve notes and information on the go with a mobile and at home or in the office with a laptop.