The Bitdefender File Vault enables you to create encrypted, password-protected logical drives (or vaults) on your computer where you can securely store your confidential and sensitive documents. Physically, the vault is a file stored on the local hard drive having the .bvd extension.
When you create a file vault, two aspects are important: the size and the password. The default 50 MB size should be enough for your private documents, Excel files and others the like. However, for videos or other large files you may need more space.
To securely store your confidential or sensitive files or folders in Bitdefender file vaults, follow these steps:
To create a vault, right-click an empty area of the desktop or in a folder on your computer, point to Bitdefender File Vault and select Create vault.
A new window will appear. Proceed as follows:
When you open the vault, a virtual disk drive appears in My Computer. The drive is labeled with the drive letter assigned to the vault.
In order to add a file to a vault, you must first open the vault:
You can now perform operations on the drive that corresponds to the desired file vault using Windows Explorer, just as you would with a regular drive. To add a file to an open vault, you can also right-click the file, point to Bitdefender File Vault and select Add to file vault.
Only open vaults when you need to access them or manage their content. To lock a vault, right-click the corresponding virtual disk drive from My Computer, point to Bitdefender File Vault and select Lock.
Deleting the file also deletes the vault contents.