Security experts often say that the practice is a balance between security and convenience.
We designed Bear so that we cannot see any of your notes, tags, or other data, even if you have Bear Pro for sync. Bear and your devices sync directly with iCloud, not any servers we control.
This means your Bear notes are safe from us and, soon with Bear 1.7 locking and encryption, safe from pesky friends, family, coworkers, and even household pets.
This also means that we cannot manage or reset passwords you use for encrypting individual notes. If you encrypt a note and later forget its password, we cannot retrieve the note or your password. It’s gone.
If you plan to use this feature, we highly recommend including some kind of security backup or redundancy. One idea is to store your Bear note password(s) in something like 1Password, an excellent password manager and form filler. Another option is to simply write these passwords down on paper and store them in a safe or other secure location.
Whichever route you take, we encourage you to take just a few minutes to make a plan and stick to it. You’ll thank yourself, and possibly even us, later.