Microsoft’s OneDrive is one of the most popular cloud storage services today.
It provides 5GB of free storage for free users, and can be used across almost any device, thanks to the official apps the Redmond company has released for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows PCs.
An additional advantage is that OneDrive is also available on the web, like most rival services (Dropbox, Google Drive, Mega, etc). But OneDrive does have one more feather in its cap that outdoes its rivals, a desktop app which comes pre-installed on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It is built-in to the operating system, and integrates deeply with File Explorer.
You can find it [...]
A couple of days ago, a report emerged claiming that Microsoft stores Disk Encryption keys on its servers.
Is this worth worrying about? Let’s analyse the situation.
But before that, what is encryption anyway?
It is a form of securing data, by locking down the information, with a password. Only by entering the password, can anyone decrypt your data, and view it, let alone modify it. They cannot use your data without this key.
Now, Disk Encryption in Windows does the same thing, but for your entire Hard Drive. Mind you, this is different from the BitLocker Encryption feature.
When Disk Encryption is enabled, Windows generates a key (aka a [...]
Windows 10 might have given Microsoft a good name this year, aggressive upgrade notifications aside.
But if there was one big mistake you can pin on the Redmond company, it is probably the OneDrive fiasco.
Here is a recap of what happened earlier. Back in November, Microsoft made a controversial announcement that it would stop offering the 15GB of storage, which it has been giving to the free users of OneDrive in the past.This was because some Office 365 Users, were using several Terabytes of server space for uploading personal files like, music and movies.
And instead of punishing its paid users for misusing the service, it was the free OneDrive users [...]
Last weekend, we saw Microsoft backtracking on its own words, regarding the change in the storage plans of its cloud storage service, OneDrive.
The Redmond company had drawn a lot of criticism from its users, after it had announced a month ago, that it would be reducing the storage limit for free users from 15GB to 5GB.
But, after a lot of negative feedback on the proposed move, the company apologised on the Microsoft Uservoice forums, and made a new announcement. It will be offering users to retain the free 15GB storage and the 15GB camera roll bonus, only if they claim for the same before the end of January, 2016. More on this from my previous write [...]