Microsoft announces OneDrive Personal Vault

microsoft onedrive personal vault

Microsoft is adding a new layer of security to its OneDrive service. The company has announced OneDrive Personal Vault which can be used by the users to store sensitive files which will be protected by a PIN, fingerprint/ facial authentication or a 2FA code.

The OneDrive Personal Vault will act like a secured area that will prompt a user to provide an additional code to access the sensitive data via the web, PC or a mobile device. A user can use the OneDrive Personal Vault to store things like copies of ID cards and passports, or even more sensitive financial information.

Microsoft wrote on its blog: “On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive. And like all files in OneDrive, the contents of your Personal Vault are encrypted at-rest in the Microsoft cloud and in-transit to your device.”

OneDrive free users can also use the Personal Vault but Microsoft will limit the number of files they can store in it. The Personal Vault will be available to the users on Windows 10 and through the mobile app soon. The feature will be rolled out in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada initially. It will further be made available to all users by the end of the year.