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Security Overview

The free version of Diarly stores the notes in plain text. That means if you open database file stored on your hard drive, you would be able to read the notes. This is not a problem if you are using the computer yourself or you don't mind other people to read your notes. But if you do want to keep them private to anyone who has access to the devices where Diarly stores the files, you can use encryption.


Encryption is available in the Premium version only. When enabling it, you will be asked for a password, to encode all your notes and save them on your local drive. This means that even someone who has access to your drive (e.g. family members) will not be able to read notes.

Please note: files are not encrypted, only note text is encrypted. If you think that would be a nice feature please let us know!

Enabling Touch ID / Face ID

If you don’t want to type your password each time, you can enable Touch ID / Face ID. This option is available only on devices which support this (currently iPhones, iPads and MacBooks).

Keep in mind - when you enable Touch ID, Diarly will store your password in keychain on a given device. If other users on that device have their Touch ID also added - it means they will also be able to unlock Diarly.

Locking the entries on Mac

You can lock entries by closing the window or the app. If you don't want to close the app but are worried you will forget to lock Diarly, you can go to MenuBar > Diarly > Preferences > Sync & Encryption and modify the Lock Automatically option. When this setting is on, the app will require you to enter the password to view the entries again.

Good password practices

Please save the password somewhere you can access it. You can use special password manager apps. You could also consider writing down the password in some secure or special place, such as a favourite book.

The longer the password, the more secure it is. But at the same time, a very long password can be demotivating.You need to weigh how secure you want the app to be.

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