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Lock your OneDrive files up tight with new fingerprint authentication

Microsoft just unveiled a new OneDrive fingerprint authentication option that will keep your sensitive cloud files more secure.

Published onJuly 27, 2018

  • You can now lock up your OneDrive Android app using a fingerprint authentication.
  • Using the OneDrive fingerprint authentication is more secure than a 4-digit PIN.
  • The latest OneDrive update also brings a new grid layout for photos.

Microsoft’s OneDrive is a completely capable cloud storage solution in an oversaturated market. But the ace up Microsoft’s sleeve is that a 1TB account with OneDrive comes bundled with an Office 365 subscription. That’s a terrific deal.

But if that’s not enough to sway you to OneDrive, how about this: starting today, the OneDrive Android app now supports fingerprint authentication, something competitor apps like Dropbox don’t offer.

Since using your fingerprint is far more secure than a traditional PIN or password, any sensitive files you keep in your OneDrive account will be much safer with fingerprint authentication.

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The new security option is available now in the latest version of the OneDrive Android app, which you can download by clicking here or the box at the bottom of this article.

Once you have the latest version, you can enable fingerprint authentication by navigating to Me > Settings > Passcode. If you already have a passcode set for OneDrive, all you have to do is click the check box next to “Use fingerprint to authenticate.”

If you haven’t yet set up a passcode, you’ll need to do that first before you can use your fingerprint. Choose a four-digit PIN and run through the steps. Once complete, OneDrive will ask you if you want to use your fingerprint instead. Then you’re all set!

In addition to the new fingerprint authentication option, the latest version of OneDrive also brings a new grid layout when you’re viewing photos folders. Neat!

Download the OneDrive app by clicking the button below. And click here if you don’t have a OneDrive subscription with Office 365.

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