How do you store your family’s notes online securely?
The answer, it turns out, lies in open source, multi-platform, and decentralized online notebooks.
But before I explain, let me back up a minute.
I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with my wife about storing our accounts and passwords online in a notes app. We both need to access our account info while on the go. And we need an easy-to-use, hopefully free online notepad that we can view and update while picking up the kids or waiting in line at the bank.
Our conversation sounds something like:
“Where can we place all this private data so we can access it easily?”
“On our phones, maybe?”
“But then if a password changes, we’d have to remember to remind each other of the change. And isn’t it unsafe if the phones get lost or stolen?”
“Then maybe save it in an online notebook like Evernote or Google Docs?”
“Umm. You *do* know those companies can access your data anytime they want, right?”
“Yeah, but would they?”
“They most definitely would. And besides, even if they don’t, why take the chance?”
“So what do we use that’s private, that can sync on our computers and phones, and won’t be seen by snooping companies?”
There wasn’t a good answer for some time. And I got tired of searching for sticky notes that had fallen to the floor or physical notebooks that we’d left in the wrong car.
So I did some research and found some real alternatives.