Standard Notes: A Free, Privacy-Friendly, Cross-Platform Notes App

So what do you use for Notes on your device? Apple’s Notes, Evernote, OneNote, Bear, SimpleNote? There’s so many note apps, and most of them are great. But not necessarily privacy-friendly.

Take Evernote for example… last year there was a scandal about Evernote employees being able to read your notes. Recently they released a new privacy policy that attempted to address this.

However, we should know by now that privacy policies are pretty much irrelevant. A corporation and/or a rogue employee can do whatever they want with your data.

So what can you do? You can either encrypt your data before uploading it or don’t use these services.

One of the apps you can try is Standard Notes. It’s free, open-source, cross-platform, provides end-to-end AES-256 encryption and they recently had a security audit.

To be fair, the app is only free is you need the bare minimum out of a notes app. You get encryption, cross-platform dedicated clients, automatic sync with no limit on data capacity, web and offline access.

If you want more than that, you have to pay. You can pay $4.99/month, $34.99/year or $59.99/2 years. They accept credit cards and Bitcoin.

If you choose to pay for Standard Notes you can really get more than you can ask for out of a notes app:

  • Better editors – from fully featured markdown editors to code and Vim editors.
  • Allows you to autocomplete tags
  • Action Bar –  provides information about the current note as well as actions like duplicate, copy, and save.
  • Push note changes to a public or private GitHub repo
  • Nested Folders
  • Themes
  • Sync your notes to 3rd party services like Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive or email.

But the free version might just be more than enough for most people. And by the way… you can also transfer your Evernotes notes to Standard Notes.