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Microsoft’s new OneDrive Personal Vault ups your cloud storage security

I’m cautiously welcoming this. Generally, it’s a good idea to keep important stuff in a secure location. For example, keep your important physical documents and valuables in a small fire safe at home. But it also becomes a magnet for criminals. Why bother searching through a hard drive when the victim has conveniently put all the important stuff in one place? I do hope people don’t opt for SMS-based authentication which is relatively easy to compromise …:

It seems when one box closes, another box opens. Microsoft announced Tuesday it will add a new feature to its OneDrive cloud storage service called Personal Vault, which provides a secure solution for your most sensitive and important data. This new service may fill a vacuum left by Dropbox’s recent transition from its original online data storage model to a central collaboration hub.

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Your Personal Vault.

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Personal Vault is essentially a partitioned sector of your OneDrive account that requires a strong password or two-factor authentication for entry. This could be face or fingerprint scan, a PIN or code sent via SMS, or via the Microsoft Authenticator app. (The basic OneDrive account just needs a single password to sign in, although users can opt for two-factor authentication.)

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Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.
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