OneDrive Personal Vault secure storage now available worldwide

What you need to know

  • OneDrive Personal Vault is now available for all users worldwide.
  • The feature gives you a more secure folder protected by two-factor authentication and Bitlocker encryption on Windows 10, and more.
  • The feature first began rolling out in select countries in June, but is now available across the globe.

Microsoft has rolled out OneDrive Personal Vault, a new extra-secure layer of your OneDrive storage meant to better protect sensitive files. Personal vault first began rolling out in select countries in June, but it's now available to OneDrive users worldwide, Microsoft announced today (opens in new tab).

Your Personal Vault is like adding an extra layer of security for your files. The folder is an area in your OneDrive that is protected by a second layer of authentication, which can either be a PIN, your fingerprint, face unlock, or a code texted to your phone. Personal Vault also includes extra features like Bitlocker encryption on your Windows 10 hard drive, restricted sharing, and more.

Here's a brief look, as detailed by Microsoft:

  • Scan and 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 your camera roll.
  • Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.3
  • BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.4
  • Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.

Microsoft is advertising this as a way to securely store things like tax documents, insurance information, copies of your passport, or important photos. The second layer of identification will make sure that, even if your device is stolen, your most sensitive information will remain locked away.

Alongside Personal Vault, Microsoft also launched the option to automatically back up your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders to OneDrive on Windows 7, 8, and 10 PCs with the OneDrive sync app.

Personal Vault is available now to everyone worldwide on PC,, and mobile.

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  • But is the data stored in the cloud encrypted, pretty useless if not...having tax documents unencrypted in the cloud is risky. Edit: I did find a post that says they are encrypted both across the internet and in the cloud. But does MS have access to them like they do the rest of the files? Edit2: I found the answer: The files are encrypted by Microsoft, not the end user, and Microsoft holds all the keys and data on Microsoft’s servers (often USA), which means they are available by legal request and potentially illegal hacking. Hardware tokens are not supported, leaving the system open to increasingly common SIM hacking.
  • Kinda somewhat double 2-factor really, but cool nonetheless. Had it for a couple months, and its fine on the phone, but the desktop version has changed the icon on me, placed a shortcut arrow on it, had troubles logging in, and now has two Icons to it, one of which is blank. So, a little buggy there.
  • OneDrive wiped out all my uploaded music files. I will never trust it without my own backup. Never should have.
  • In general you shouldn't trust any cloud as the only backup or have only one backup. Regardless, isn't there a way to recover deleted files? I thought there's some time limited history or way to retrieve files that are deleted.