Microsoft OneDrive gets a more secure Personal Vault, plus additional storage options

Microsoft OneDrive gets a more secure Personal Vault, plus additional storage options

Enlarge / Microsoft at a trade show. (credit: Getty Images | Justin Sullivan)

Microsoft is launching a new layer of security for users of its OneDrive cloud storage service. OneDrive Personal Vault is a new section of your storage that’s accessed through two-step verification, or a “strong authentication method,” although Microsoft didn’t define the latter term.

Microsoft notes that fingerprinting, face scans, PINs, and one-time codes by email, SMS, or an authenticator app are among the acceptable two-step verification methods. And you’ll automatically get de-authenticated after a period of inactivity—that’s the key to Microsoft’s special security argument here. Two-factor authentication using text or email is less secure than other options. Using the more heavy-duty face or fingerprint verification will require the appropriate hardware, such as a device with Windows Hello.

It also has options for transferring physical documents to the OneDrive mobile app. You can scan documents or take

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Hardware as a Service – Resellers Becoming Managed Service Providers

In an effort to mimic the cloud, vendors, as well as resellers, are switching to subscription-based sales models for hardware and, according to the end users I spoke to, it sounds like it’s working out very well.

Last week Infinidat announced its – all-inclusive – pay-as-you-go subscription option for their Infinibox. They are not the first to do something like this. The Pure Storage Evergreen program was probably the first to hit the market a while back and has been praised for its characteristics and flexibility, but it’s definitely a good thing for Infinidat’s customers.

These kinds of programs are truly all-inclusive. In fact, they not only include hardware and maintenance but also unlimited system upgrades, migration services and so on. At the end of the day, it simplifies the procurement process, improves financial aspects of HW infrastructure management by reducing CAPEX (capital expenditure) in favor of OPEX (operating … Read the rest