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Big Updates to OneDrive now available

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced two major updates to its cloud sync & storage solution, OneDrive.

For those who follow my blogs know that I am a heavy user of OneDrive from the years it was called SkyDrive and even before that it was a syncing product only, called Windows Live Mesh.

I use it daily to sync all my computers and phones with documents and photos. With OneDrive on my smartphone, all my photos+videos gets uploaded automatically to OneDrive, which is then available to my other devices and on the web.

It is now possible to purchase more storage for your OneDrive account for users who already own 1TB with their Office 365 subscription.

You can now buy additional storage plans with increments of 200GB with a starting price of USD 1.99.

Another update to OneDrive is a new feature dubbed, Personal Vault.

In plain and simple words, this is a new and a secured folder where additional security (2FA specifically) is applied. For your confidential and more important documents, eg Passports, Social security numbers, Credit Card details etc, can be stored into this folder.

This is useful for times when someone accesses your Microsoft/OneDrive account unauthorized and the user can scroll through all your documents within OneDrive. But the unauthorized user cannot enter your Personal Vault since that folder will again need permissions to access, via 2 factor authentication – Microsoft will send a code to your personal phone which then you need to enter it on the device you are trying to access the Personal Vault to access it.

Microsoft says the following is an added measures of security considered:

  • Scan & shoot – Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like camera roll.
  • Automatic locking – No need to worry about whether you left Personal Vault or your files open – both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
  • BitLocker encryption – On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
  • Restricted sharing – To prevent accidental sharing, files Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.

Personal Vault is now available and you can try it out today.

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