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Microsoft Makes OneDrive Personal Vault Available Worldwide
Microsoft this week announced that users all around the world can now keep their most important files protected in OneDrive Personal Vault.
Launched earlier this summer, the Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that requires strong authentication or a second identification step to access. Thus, users can store their files and ensure that they can't be accessed without a fingerprint, face, PIN, or code received via email or SMS.
Now available worldwide on all OneDrive consumer accounts, Personal Vault allows users to securely store important information such as files, photos, and videos, including copies of documents, and more.
The added security ensures that, even if an attacker manages to compromise the OneDrive account, they won't have access to any of the files in Personal Vault.
Personal Vault won't slow users down, as they can easily access content from their PC, on OneDrive.com, or mobile device, Microsoft says.
On top of that, additional security measures are available, including the ability to scan documents or shoot photos directly into Personal Vault. Files and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
Both Personal Vault and files there will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity, and Personal Vault files are automatically synced to a BitLocker-encrypted area of the user's Windows 10 PC local hard drive.
"Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account," Microsoft says.
OneDrive provides other security features as well, including file encryption, monitoring for suspicious sign-ins, ransomware detection and recovery, virus scanning on downloads, password-protection of sharing links, and version history for all file types.
To use Personal Vault, users only need to click on the feature's icon, available in OneDrive. Only up to three files can be stored in Personal Vault on OneDrive free or standalone 100 GB plans, but that limit is as high as the total storage limit for Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home plans.
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