How do I use file vaults?
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:
- Create a file vault and set a strong password for it.
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:
- Click Browse, select the location of the vault and save the vault file under the desired name.
- Choose a drive letter from the menu. When you open the vault, a virtual disk drive labeled with the selected letter appears in My Computer.
- Type the vault password in the Password and Confirm fields.
- If you want to change the default size (50 MB) of the vault, type the desired value in the Vault size field.
- Click Create if you only want to create the vault at the selected location. To create and display the vault as a virtual disk drive in My Computer click Create and Open.
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.
- Add the files or folders you want to keep safe to the vault.
In order to add a file to a vault, you must first open the vault:
- Browse to the .bvd vault file.
- Right-click the vault file, point to Bitdefender File Vault and select Open.
- In the window that appears, select a drive letter to assign to the vault, enter the password and click Open.
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.
- Keep the vault locked at all times.
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.
- Make sure not to delete the .bvd vault file.
Deleting the file also deletes the vault contents.