How safe are apple notes?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by redsoxguy676, May 27, 2014.

  1. redsoxguy676 macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2012
    Hello, I use the notes app on my iPhone, iPad and MacBook frequently. I have started to accumulate many passwords and usernames for sites and I was going to use a note to keep all this info handy between all of my devices. The only thing that worries me is that under the security info on the Apple website it said that notes are securely transmitted but when on the server they are not encrypted. Does this mean its not a good idea to use notes for this purpose?
  2. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    It is a bad idea to do that kind of thing in an unencrypted file. Anyone who hacks into Apple's servers and is able to steal it gets all of your passwords in the clear. Any Apple employee with access to the data does as well. Anyone with access to your local device has them in plaintext. Any successful man-in-the-middle attack on your SSL connection to Apple would give them the plaintext passwords too.

    I would recommend KeepassX or 1Password.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Get something else to write your passwords in.

    I know a lot of people use Notes to write their passwords in, these same people use the same password for everything, and they either use something like 8888 for their passcode or don't even have one.
  4. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I would do this at all. Like the people said get 1Password or something. They actually have a secured notepad also in the app.
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I did that for a few years actually. I had a folder, and then I made a note for each password, my app serials, etc.

    And then I got OneSafe, and am now using Locko (but that isn't out for iOS yet).

    I think it's okay as long as they're not like login details to your bank accounts. Nobody is going to want to totally screw up your Instapaper account for example. Use common sense.
  6. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I use oneSafe, syncs across all my devices, very secure.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Unencrypted and so I'd say the data is possibly more at risk, though I would hope apple servers are fairly locked down. Still with that said the number of hacking reports is growing.

    I'd avoid iCloud for storing sensitive information, for passwords, and such I use 1Password which is an encrypted database.
  8. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I'd suggest using a password manager to store your login credentials and such. Look at LastPass or 1password.

    I used to use the Notes app to store, well, notes, but I found that I had issues with syncing and then losing notes. I switched everything over to Evernote and have been very happy.
  9. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Notes is about as safe as using an actual notepad and writing your passwords down and leaving them sitting on your desk.

    You're just hoping none nosey or curious walks in.

    Same with not having a passcode on your phone. People are storing more and more private info on these devices. Do your best to make sure it is secure.
    I hate reading about people that lose all kinds of things just from being careless.
    Myself included.:cool::cool:

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