In the midst of a week with a major data breach, Evernote has released version 5.0.6 of its information management app. The update redesigns its menu bar helper, switching from a simple list of menu items to a new Quick Note entry scheme that enables you to create a note directly from the menu bar. You can activate it by pressing Command-Control-N when in any application (previously, invoking this command opened the Evernote app and then opened a new note window.) In addition to simply typing text, you can drag documents and images into the Quick Note menu bar window and add annotations. And you can still take a screenshot (either full screen or a just a clipping) or add an audio note. Other changes include the added capability to select multiple tags from the sidebar by Command-clicking, improved speed for larger pasting operations, and a new feature for Premium subscribers that promises improved searching through Office documents.
Discovered on 2 March 2013, the data breach exposed some personal information of Evernote’s 50 million users, but the company says there was “no evidence that any payment information” was accessed; nor was “any of the content you store in Evernote was accessed, changed or lost.” For the time being, all passwords are being reset, which means that you’ll be prompted to create a new password the next time you open Evernote (even a version previous to 5.0.6). (The press release gives a couple of tips for creating a new password, but you can go deeper with password security and learn how to manage passwords with Joe Kissell’s new “Take Control of Your Passwords.”) Going forward, Evernote told InformationWeek that it is accelerating plans to implement an optional two-factor authentication process. (Free from Evernote or the Mac App Store, 34.6 MB)