How to secure OneDrive Account


  1. You can secure all your files by encrypting them first before adding them to OneDrive (or any other offsite/cloud storage service/device.)

    Also, there is no such thing as an unbreakable password, and the standard secure starting point is 15 characters/numbers and symbols. 10 is actually classed as weak.

    See how long it would take to crack a password here:

  2. I quote David Lightman from “WarGames”:

    “Hey, I don’t believe that ANY SYSTEM (or, in this case, password) is TOTALLY secure.” 🙂

  3. I like your articles, Arun. I’m not so worried about a hacker accessing my stuff on OneDrive. I’m more worried about Microsoft poking around in it and possibly sharing it. What’s a good software to automatically encrypt my files before they are uploaded to OneDrive?

  4. There are some good encryption software to encrypt files available in the market. You can use Google search for finding out reviews. I think Truecrypt too is a good option. It is open source and hence, can be trusted.

  5. Really? From the Truecrypt homepage: “WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues”. Open source != secure, it simply == open source.

  6. Truecrypt is my personal choice. I am not saying it is 100% effective. I just happen to trust it. I am not sure but I guess one can also use BitLocker for sync systems like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

  7. You can map your oneDrive drive to your PC (instead of installing the onedrive application). Once your drive is mapped, it will asks for your hotmail username/password each time you open your PC.

  8. I don’t keep anything on One Drive that needs security. I would however like some privacy. If I clear all the cached browsing history including passwords etc and close IE then open it again One Drive opens logged in as me. No password required, let alone user id. Seems odd.

  9. Real security questions:
    > Is the data encrypted on my computer and encrypted over the network transfer?
    > Does microsoft have access to my data?
    > Does Microsoft use my pictures?
    > Does Microsoft then have access to my password file?
    > Does Microsoft mine my data like Google Does?
    > If Microsoft is hacked is my data still secure?
    > Do Microsoft employees have access to my data?
    > Can I share some things and not share other things? How does this work if the data is encrypted?

    Unbreakable passwords and two factor authentication is totally useless of the data is laying around on Microsoft servers un-encrypted.

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