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How to lock your journal, and locking settings explained

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2016 05:53AM PDT
One of the best things about Penzu is the ability to lock your journals using a password that is different from your main account password – which means that even if someone got into your main account, they still would not be able to read your entries. 

Penzu journal locking works exactly the same as the lock on your front door. When you leave, you lock the door, and it stays locked until you come back and unlock it. If you leave again and forget to lock the door, it will be unlocked when you arrive back home. 

For those who don't want to be bothered by locking their journals every time they leave the site, we've added autolock, which automatically re-locks your journals whenever you leave the journal. Some people like the convenience of this, and some people prefer the added security of choosing a new password every time they leave the site. You can do whatever works best for you!  

To lock your journals:
  1. Log in to https://penzu.com/journals or click the Penzu logo at the top of your screen
  2. Click the small lock icon for the journal you would like to lock
  3. Add your journal password and password hint
  4. Choose additional options
  5. Click "Lock Journal"
Additional Options, explained:

Encryption Lock: This is a Penzu PRO feature. Encryption locking your journal encrypts all of the entries stored within the journal. WARNING – if you lose the password to your encryption locked journal, there is no way for us to recover it. 

Remember Password: Choosing "remember password" means that Penzu will use the same password to lock your journal every time you leave. If you do not choose "remember password" you will be required to manually re-lock your journal and choose a new password every time you leave the site. This option is only available for Basic Locking, and not Encryption Locking.

Auto Lock Journal: The auto-lock feature ensures that your journal is always locked by automatically locking your journal every time you leave the site. If you do not enable auto lock you will be required to manually re-lock your journal before you leave Penzu. This option is only available for Basic Locking, and not Encryption Locking.
 
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