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Microsoft has introduced a new password-protected folder within its OneDrive online file storage service that will allow you to keep your sensitive and important files protected and secured with an extra layer of authentication.

Dubbed Personal Vault, the new OneDrive folder can only be accessed with an additional step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a two-factor authentication code sent to you via email or SMS.

The Personal Vault folder will appear next to other folders in the OneDrive app like your Documents and Pictures, but it will be locked and prompt you for an additional code each time you try to access them via the web, PC, or mobile devices, thus keeping them more secure in the event when someone gains access to your account or your device.

Microsoft suggests this new protected area in OneDrive would be useful for users to store more sensitive and personal files like copies of passport, tax, car or home documents, identification cards, and financial information, for instance.

To instantly store your files in the Personal Vault folder, all you need to do is scan in your documents directly into your Personal Vault through the OneDrive app. You can even take pictures and shoot videos with OneDrive and send them straight to Personal Vault.

You can store as many files you want in the Personal Vault folder, up to your overall OneDrive storage limit. Microsoft is also increasing OneDrive’s base storage plan from 50GB to 100GB at no additional cost.

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