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How To Add Encrypted Storage to Your Office365 Subscription

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Another week, another great Tech Tip from our friends at LawTech Partners. And this week, it’s all about a neat Office365 trick. Take it away, LTP …

“Between now and the end of the year, Microsoft will be rolling out a new security feature to OneDrive called Personal Vault. It’s a secured / encrypted storage area (folders) that will require an additional verification step – known as two factor authentication (2FA) – to access. This means that in order to access the files in that folder(s) from the web, on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone, you will be prompted for an additional code each time. Now, keep in mind that this particularly helpful if you keep / sync files from OneDrive to your local devices. Your files are automatically encrypted when they are stored (at rest) or being synced (in transit) to Microsoft Cloud (OneDrive).

Theoretically, you could store all of your files in this Personal Vault (great idea for your important personal files and for Client files), just keep in mind that you’ll need reauthenticate often (after logging off or timing out) . You can store as many files you want in the vault, up to you overall OneDrive storage limit. Sounds like the rollout of this feature are starting outside the U.S. initially but we’ll get it before the end of the year. Interestingly, iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox do not support 2FA-protected folders – yet. Point for Microsoft! Likely this will start a new-feature domino effect. Get all the details and learn how you will use your Personal Vault directly from Microsoft.”

Hope this helps!

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