Updated July 21, 2019 by Joseph Perry

The 7 Best Journals With Locks

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in April of 2017. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or business leader who likes to jot down ideas the old-fashioned way, or a teenager who wants to keep private thoughts and musings from snooping siblings, a journal with a lock on it can help. Available in a variety of designs to suit all tastes, they can provide just enough security to keep nosy people from swiping your ideas or digging into your personal life. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best journals with lock on Amazon.

7. B&S Feel Vintage Style

6. Peaceable Kingdom Keep Out

5. Something Personal

4. Vintage Organizer

3. Too Personal PU Leather

2. VIPbuy Magic Notebook

1. Personal Secret Business

Editor's Notes

July 18, 2019:

When you think about it, not securing your private thoughts with some kind of lock seems kind of risky. While locks won't prevent a truly determined snooper, they will discourage casual lookers from flipping through your diary on a whim.

Our selections come in a variety of sizes suitable for a range of budgets. Most are made of leather, faux leather, or tough fabric and are designed to stand the test of time. We also looked for a variety of page styles--some people want lined pages while others prefer blank so their journal can include sketches and a more free-spirited writing style.

In this update, we removed an item due to concerns about its availability. Added the VIPbuy Magic Notebook in one of our top slots because who doesn't like reversible sequins? We also think it's a great value for the price.


Joseph Perry
Last updated on July 21, 2019 by Joseph Perry

An avid reader and outdoors enthusiast, Joe earned his doctorate in literary studies before making the lateral leap from academia to technical writing. He now lives and works in the inter-mountain West where he creates technical and marketing content, including white papers, solution briefs, and courseware for some of the world’s largest information technology companies. With more than 14 years of experience in the field, he has learned more than he ever thought he would know about such enterprise IT topics as cloud computing, storage, databases, business software, and networking. When he’s not writing about business computing, he can be found outdoors, probably hiking with his family and dog.


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