So I let this bother me for about a year, maybe more, and today, finally, I googled it.
It was quite an interesting read, not only did I discover there was a very very simple way to secure that data with Evernote, I discovered a whole bunch of other stuff about Evernote that was really cool, very cool.
Put it this way, if Evernote was my car, I just discovered today for the first time that my car has more than 1 gear.
Stuff about Evernote I need to remember.
Securing your sensitive data. Evernote can encrypt sensitive data within a note. Highlight the sensitive data, right-click, select "Encrypt selected text." Enter a password. In order to view that information in the future, you (or anyone else) will have to enter the password to do so.
This is awesome, now I can password any section of text and it remains hidden from view until a password is entered. What's very cool is that this desktop feature syncs perfectly with mobile versions (ie iPhone). The password request is handled exactly the same on the mobile device, ie the text is hidden until the passphrase is entered.
Backing Up DataThere are so many different apps for handling lists, passwords, memos these days. Many options too for webmail, contact lists etc. Where most of these things all falldown though is backup and retrieval. I have list manager apps on my phone and if it was to crash and burn, I have no clue how I would recover that data. Even webmail contact lists used to be difficult, although generally you can at least export to a CSV file these days. With Evernote though, there is an abundance of options. The biggest safety net of course is that your data is always in two places, on your local HD, and on the cloud - so that's a good start. But backing up is a simple export away, with four different export types, including HTML! Finally, I just love this quote from their blog..
Check out all the different ways of getting data into Evernote.
Type It Email it (to your evernote address) and it appears in Evernote as a note. Use snapscan to scan stuff straight into Evernote Drag and drop any filetype into Evernote Photograph it, Evernote will even make any text in the photo searchable.
My Evernote is a right old MESS of notes, with lots of junk surrounding some really important notes, so now I am sure about it's security, I'm going to tidy it up and start using it more!
If you have never seen Evernote, it's one of the big players out there right now, check it out.