Microsoft Enhances OneDrive With a Personal Vault

From PC Mag: You'd hope that any cloud storage option was secure, but Microsoft is going an extra step to offer enhanced security for OneDrive by introducing a new protected area.

OneDrive is Microsoft cloud storage service allowing you to upload all files and photos and access them from any device. It can be used as a standalone product or as part of an Office 365 subscription. Access is by way of secure login, but Microsoft is introducing a new protected area within your OneDrive called Personal Vault.

Accessing the files within Personal Vault will require a "strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification," which takes the form of a fingerprint, face, PIN, or code sent to your email address or phone via SMS. There's also the Microsoft Authenticator app to use if you so wish. Microsoft sees Personal Vault as a way to protect your most sensitive files and will use an automatic locking system to ensure after a short period of inactivity your Personal Vault locks itself, requiring re-authentication to access again.

For mobile devices, it's possible to have scanned documents, new photos, and captured video stored directly in your Personal Vault as you capture them. That way, the files are never accessible from your device's storage and therefore remain secure. Windows 10 will also sync your OneDrive and the Personal Vault area is protected in a BitLocker-encrypted area.

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