1. Windows Central Question's Avatar
    I have Windows 10 Pro. If I use EFS to encrypt an Excel spreadsheet file on OneDrive, does that encryption remain in effect on OneDrive? (Not OneDrive for business) Meaning, if someone grabbed this file from OneDrive, would they need a password to open it? I have some semi-sensitive spreadsheets I'd like to store on OneDrive, but not without encryption.

    I've read conflicting accounts.
    03-09-2018 09:39 PM
  2. realwarder's Avatar
    No. EFS is for a local drive.

    But if you enable 2 factor authentication there is no way to get a file from OneDrive unless you share it. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...p-verification

    Files are stored on the disk in OneDrive on encrypted disks, but if you have access somehow via your account, that becomes irrelevant and is more to keep physical drive data secure when drives fail etc. 2FA prevents people accessing your account even if that have your password.

    For a local drive, these days Bitlocker is best to use of your PC supports it over EFS as it is protecting from boot not just from login.

    While old Excel security passwords were weak, new file formats saved using Office 2016 with a password are quite secure. Under Office 2016, .xlsX files use
    AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), 256-bit key length, SHA1, and CBC (cipher block chaining)
    . (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...or=-2147217396)

    I store a bunch of things in OneDrive without passwords - I trust that OneDrive 2FA is enough to keep people out... but if you want better security then
    use 2FA enabled OneDrive and save on OneDrive using Office 2016 formatted documents with a longish password, then your files are going to be safe on OneDrive.
    03-11-2018 10:36 PM

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