As the online threats continue to increase on a daily basis, new ways to curb it are been developed and introduced. One of these innovations is the introduction of OneDrive Personal Vault by Microsoft. In this post on how to set up OneDrive Personal Vault, you will be guided on how to use it for increased security and additional storage option.
But what is OneDrive Personal Vault?
OneDrive is an online file hosting service that is been operated by Microsoft. As a free cloud service, it enables users to store important files online and have access to it from any device that can connect to the internet.
And just like the name implies, a Personal Vault is a personal or private area in OneDrive designed for the storage of confidential and sensitive files. It has an added layer of security that protects your sensitive files from being invaded by other people. Furthermore, this extra layer security operates based on two-factor authentication or any other strong identity verification method such as fingerprint, PIN or Face scan.
Most importantly, it is worthy to note that the OneDrive Personal Vault does not enable the sharing of files saved in it. Therefore, it is regarded as one of the safest ways to keep your sensitive files completely private from the prying eyes of others.
How to Set up OneDrive Personal Vault on Windows 10
Below is a step by step guide on how to set up OneDrive Personal Vault on your Windows 10 OS PC.
Step 1: Check for OneDrive in your Windows. If you can’t find it, go to the Windows Store to download and install it.
Step 2: Go to your file explorer and click on OneDrive.
Step 3: A pop-up menu will appear on the screen. Enter your email and click on ‘Sign In.’ However, the email must be any of the ones supported by Microsoft such as @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, and @live.com
Step 4: On the next page displayed, enter your password and continue by clicking the sign in button.
Step 5: At this point, you will choose a location for the OneDrive folder.
Step 6: Click on the Next tab to continue.
At this stage in the step up process, you will be required to select a payment package. However, if you want the free version then click on the Not now tab, located towards the bottom of the page.
Step 7: Go through the welcome tips and accept the terms of service. Then go ahead to open your OneDrive folder.
Once the OneDrive folder is open, select the Personal Vault icon. Two-Factor authentication will be required in order to activate a lock on the vault.
How to Upload Files to OneDrive Personal Vault
If you’re using the free version, then there will be a limit to the number of files that can be uploaded to the Personal Vault. However, you can upload unlimited number of files to your OneDrive. For the paid version, there is a storage space of about One Terabyte available for you to upload your files.
Step 1: Open the file explorer on your Windows 10 PC and click on OneDrive.
Step 2: Click on the Personal Vault icon.
Step 3: Sign in by providing a medium of authentication.
Step 4: Once you’re signed in, select upload.
Step 5: Select the files that you want to upload and then click ‘Open’
How to move files to Personal Vault
To move files from OneDrive to Personal Vault, follow the steps outlined below:
Step 1: While in OneDrive, click on Personal Vault folder.
Step 2: Verify your identity to have access to the personal vault.
Step 3: Now, select the ‘Move From’ option.
Step 4: At this point, you will be required to select the files you want to into the personal vault.
Step 5: Click on ‘Move items‘ to have your files moved into your personal vault.
In conclusion, it is necessary to note that while using the free version, you can only upload three files into the personal vault. However, you can upgrade to the Office 365 or any of the paid version to have access to more cloud storage and additional security features.
Also, OneDrive Personal Vault is available to Andriod OS smartphones and iPhone iOS phones. All you need to do is to download the app and launch it. Apply the steps shared in this guide to enable you to access OneDrive personal vault through the phone.