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OneDrive Now Automatically Backs Up Your Folders

Dave Parrack 15-08-2018

Microsoft is rolling out a new feature for OneDrive for Windows 10 A Quick Guide to OneDrive in Windows 10 Can OneDrive replace Google Drive or Dopbox? It depends. To help you decide, we'll tell you all about OneDrive's best features and how to set it up. Read More that should ensure you never again lose access to your important documents. Once enabled, Folder Protection automatically backs up your important folders. Those being Desktop, Documents, and Pictures.


Folder Protection for All OneDrive Users

OneDrive’s new Folder protection was previously only available to OneDrive for Business users, but it’s now being made available to all OneDrive users. All you need is a OneDrive account running on Windows 10. And it’s surprisingly easy to set up.

A Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge, “This is a new feature […] available to OneDrive users with personal accounts. It makes it easier to move content into OneDrive, have access to all your important files on all your devices, and keep more files protected with features like ransomware detection & recovery.”

How to Enable OneDrive Folder Protection

To enable the Folder Protection feature for OneDrive in Windows 10, go to the OneDrive Settings, click on Auto Save, and then click Update Folders. Next, select the folders you want to sync with OneDrive, and then click Start Protection.

Microsoft OneDrive Folder Protection

Your files will now sync, and once the process has finished, you’ll be able to access them from anywhere. Now, if you switch PCs or temporarily use someone else’s computer you can access all of the files stored in your Desktop, Documents, or Pictures folders.

Microsoft Keeps On Improving OneDrive

This is a rather simple, straightforward feature that was probably well overdue. Still, when combined with OneDrive’s Files Restore feature, which is designed to help you recover from a ransomware attack, it makes OneDrive a more compelling prospect.

Whether you currently use a cloud storage service or not, you should check out our comparison of OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. OneDrive: Which Cloud Storage Is Best for You? Have you changed the way you think about cloud storage? The popular options of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive have been joined by others. We help you answer which cloud storage service should you use. Read More . And if you already have your files stored in the cloud check out these cloud storage managers Are Your Files Getting Lost in the Cloud? These 4 Cloud Storage Managers Will Help How can you keep track of your files when they're all in different places? With the availability of free cloud storage increasing all the time you'll probably need to answer this question soon. Read More designed to help keep everything organized.

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  1. Zit
    August 20, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Yet another way to loose all your privacy yay ! And the worse is that people are happy about it

  2. shaoul
    August 16, 2018 at 11:37 am

    when they mention this as a protection against ransomware, this is a fraud, since ransomwares modify your files that are synchronized to one-drive (or other clouds), the files on one-drive will be encrypted too. against malware, you need a backup solution that is triggered manually on a device that is mostly not available such as an external hd (first you check your local files, then you plug the external hd, then you do the back-up, then you unplug). yes you are vulnerable during the backup.
    if you backup to a nas, set the backup directories to be available only through ftp or nfs, not smb and with a password unknown to windows (but known to the backup software). this requires a bit more settings but way safer.

  3. Lian Lee
    August 16, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Good to know!