Microsoft Ramps Up OneDrive Security With ‘Personal Vault’

Posted: Jun 25 2019, 10:55pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Microsoft ramps up OneDrive security with ‘Personal Vault’
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The tech giant is also expanding its free cloud storage to 100GB from 50GB.

OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud challenger to Google Drive, is introducing a new feature to add more security to users’ files.

Microsoft has unveiled OneDrive Personal Vault, which will require another layer of security to access personal files. Just like a real physical vault, the OneDrive Personal Vault is a separate protected area that is only accessible via identity verification, such as a fingerprint, face ID, a PIN or a code sent via email or SMS.

The personal drive will be housed within the OneDrive through Onedrive.com or the OneDrive app on PC, smartphones and tablets.

Aside from the added level of security, Microsoft said the OneDrive Personal Vault will also be able to monitor suspicious activity, detect ransomware and recover mass files, in addition to virus scanning.

The Personal Vault can also be unlocked with the Microsoft Authenticator app, which the tech giant created for signing in to Outlook, OneDrive, Office and other Microsoft proprietary platforms without having to use a password.

In addition to the Personal Vault’s extra layer of security, it also offers added features that allow users to scan documents, take pictures, or shoot video directly into the vault, without having to do so using a phone’s camera. This saves users the hassle of importing files to the vault and deleting them on their local storage.

When accessing the vault on Windows 10 PCs, the OneDrive automatically syncs the files within the Personal Vault to a BitLocker-encrypted area in a user’s local hard drive.

For added protection, the vault automatically relocks on PCs and smartphones after a short period of inactivity. This way, users will no longer have to worry about leaving the files on the vault or the vault itself open in a shared device.

Microsoft is set to roll out the OneDrive Personal Vault in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada soon, before expanding to other markets.

As an added bonus, Microsoft has expanded the OneDrive storage space to 100GB from 50GB for free.

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