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How to use Bitdefender 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 100 MB size should be enough for your private documents, Excel files and other similar data. 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.

 

Creating a Bitdefender File Vault and setting a password for it

To create a new  file vault:

1. Open the main Bitdefender interface.

2. Go to the Privacy window.

3. In the FILE ENCRYPTION module, select Create File Vault.

4. In the newly-opened window, click Browse to select the location of the vault

5. Type a name for the vault in the corresponding field.

6. 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.

7. Type the vault password, then confirm it in the field below.

8. If you want to change the default size of the vault (100MB), use the up and down arrow keys from the Vault size spinbox, or type a new one manually.

NOTE: The size is measured in MB.

9. Click the Create button.

NOTE: 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.

 

Adding files or folders you want to keep safe to the vault

To add new files to your vault:

1. Click Privacy on the navigation menu on the Bitdefender interface.

2. In the FILE ENCRYPTION pane, click Settings.

3. Select the vault you want to add files to, and then click UNLOCK.

4. Type the required password, and then click OK.

5. Click OPEN to open your vault.

6. Add files or folders as you normally do in Windows (for example, you can use the copy-paste method). 

NOTE: For this operation to function, the vault must be open.

 

Keeping the vault safe

To lock a vault:

1. Click Privacy on the navigation menu on the Bitdefender interface.

2. In the FILE ENCRYPTION pane, click Settings.

3. Select the vault you want to lock, and then click LOCK.

Make sure not to delete the .bvd vault file. Deleting the file also deletes the vault contents.

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