OneDrive now lets you go beyond 1TB of storage with Office 365

Joanna Estrada
June 25, 2019

Microsoft says that beyond using your standard username and password to log into OneDrive, you'll need an additional login method to access your Personal Vault, whether that's biometrics via your fingerprint or facial recognition technology on your phone, or a text message or secondary app to generate a one-time passcode. This allows the files stored in the Personal Vault to be more secure in the event that someone gains access to your computer, mobile device, or OneDrive account or you become infected. There's also virus scanning on downloads, and version history.

"Personal Vault adds to the robust privacy and security that OneDrive now offers, including file encryption at rest and in transit, suspicious activity monitoring, ransomware detection and recovery, mass file deletion notification and recovery, virus scanning on download for known threats, and version history for all file types", stated Microsoft's announcement.

On the PC, meanwhile, if you're running Windows 10 then you'll get a synchronized copy of what's in the Personal Vault that's encrypted by BitLocker.

Since locking down the Personal Vault so much that actually accessing it would be a headache - and thus dissuade users from actually taking advantage of the extra security - Microsoft is adding some new integrations there, too. Exactly how long that period lasts can be set by the user, and will also vary by device.

OneDrive Personal Vault will be available soon in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada and will be available to all regions by the end of the year. Along with the 1TB of storage that comes with an Office 365 subscription, users can now get an additional 1TB (so 2TB total) for $9.99 a month.

Microsoft (MSFT) is adding a new level of security to its OneDrive cloud storage service.

Seth Patton, Microsoft's GM of Office 365 Product Marketing, says the feature is meant to help differentiate Microsoft's OneDrive from competitors like Google (GOOG, GOOGL) Drive and Apple's (AAPL) iCloud, which don't yet offer an individual folder that can be locked down in such a way. Microsoft has increased its 50GB plan to 100GB of storage for the same $2 per month price. Microsoft says subscribers will begin to see the option in their account in the next few months.

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