Insight Notes requires users to select an " encryption code," which is a code that is known only to the user. Your encryption code is used by Insight Notes as part of the encryption algorithm, which in turn enables Insight Notes to provide a higher level of security.
Most of the time you use a password on programs other than Insight Notes, your password is maintained on a server in a master list. To gain access to your files, you provide your password to the application and your password is then cross-checked against that master list. If the password matches, you get access to your files. By way of (oversimplified) analogy, this is like a doorman holding a clipboard: if your password matches what is contained on the clipboard, the doorman allows you to enter.
Insight Notes is different. We have no doorman and no master list to cross-check. You are the only person who knows your encryption code. The analogy for Insight Notes is that your files are locked behind a very heavy and sturdy door; you have the only key, and it is one that you created. Insight Notes does not keep a copy of your key. The use of a user-determined encryption code is a feature of many security-conscious applications and password storage services. Security is our top priority, too.
The benefits to this approach is that it enables Insight Notes to provide a higher level of security. You can be assured that no one has access to your notes. No encryption code = no notes. A potential drawback, however, is that because you have the only key, a lost key means that you lose your notes. Insight Notes currently has no way of resetting or retrieving your encryption code, so be sure to keep your encryption code in a safe place. This is your only key. In addition, because your encryption code is part of your encryption algorithm this means that you cannot change your encryption code, because doing so would also mean having to change the encryption for all of your notes. Choosing a good encryption code is a one-time event, so make it count.
We recommend selecting a strong encryption code, which is one that is (1) at least eight characters long, (2) is not contained in any dictionary, (3) and contains numbers, letters, and special characters (e.g., #, &, @).
We also strongly recommend against keeping your encryption code anywhere on your iPad in unencrypted format. One of the benefits of Insight Notes is that your notes remain inaccessible to others even if your iPad is lost or stolen, but if your encryption code is taped to the side of your iPad (or saved in clear text elsewhere in your iPad) that undermines the security Insight Notes provides.
(Please note that if/when you first create your backup and encrypted exporting account, Insight Notes also asks you to set up a "password." However, this password is only used to verify your identity with our servers in case you need to recover your notes. If this should happen, you will also have to know your encryption code to enable your iPad to decrypt the notes that have been recovered.)