Microsoft is launching somewhat of a major security feature for OneDrive users today. The company is introducing Personal Vault, a new feature that will help users keep their most important files extra secure.
The feature works by introducing an additional layer of security on OneDrive. It’s almost like two-factor authentication, but just for a single folder. When you move files into your vault, you will have to go through the two-step verification by using fingerprint, face, pin, or SMS. Personal Vault automatically locks after a short period of inactivity, so no one else will easily get access to your files stored in the vault. It also works with Microsoft Authenticator, allowing you to quickly unlock the vault and get access to whatever you need within there.
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Personal Vault works even better on Windows 10, where your vault files are stored on a BitLocker-encrypted area within your local hard drive. Microsoft’s also recommending Android and iOS users to enable encryption on their devices for added security.
The new feature seems really useful for those who want to keep certain files separate and more secure from everything else. It would be even better if Microsoft allowed you to turn any folder into its own separate vault. Either way, Personal Vault is rolling out today to users in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Microsoft plans to make the feature available to everyone by the end of this year.