Evernote brings two-step verification to free users

Evernote has completed the roll out of two-step verification to all of its customers after it was hacked earlier this year.

Two-step authentication, which was originally only available to premium and business users, allows Evernote customers to add another layer of security to an account.

The system words by asking for a verification code every time someone signs in to Evernote and is in place to prevent the account being accessed even when a password has been hacked.

Anyone that just has the free version of the app will have to install an authenticator app on their phone when setting up the two-step verification method with premium users able to choose to have the code delivered by text message.

Premium users that decide to use Evernote’s new verification method will be encouraged to enter a six-digit code sent to them by text every time they log into Evernote Web or perform a new installation of the app on any device.

When setting up verification, users will be provided with a set of one-time codes that can be used in the event that the phone cannot be accessed.

The new system isn’t completely foolproof, however, and users can be permanently locked out of an account if they lose access to their secondary access method.

Evernote introduced the new measures back in May following an extensive hack two months before that compromised the passwords of all its customers and forced the firm to reset the passwords of its over 50 million users.

The push to introduce two-step verification followed similar moves by Microsoft, Twitter and Apple to protect its customers with all three opting for two-step verification. Microsoft even introduced its own Windows Phone Authenticator app to allow as many users as possible to be able to implement the extra layer of security.