Apple Patent Describes a Cloud Based Safe Deposit Box

Posted on February 19, 2011 by

Patently Apple is reporting on a recent Apple patent application which describes a new Mac OS X feature called Safe Deposit Box. When users drag files into the Safe Deposit Box, they will automatically be encrypted and hidden from access. These files can also be securely copied to a remote location for backup. Rumors are going around that this will be included in Mac OS X Lion, scheduled for release this summer.

From Patently Apple:

Apple’s patent is about a safe deposit box for securing important user files. In one aspect, when a user drags-and-drops a file representation onto a safe deposit box icon, the file is secured. In another aspect, when a user selects the safe deposit box icon and verifies his or her identity, the user could access secured files through a safe deposit box window.

One of the key attributes or selling points of Apple’s Safe Deposit Box Application or OS X feature is that your digital valuables could be stored “off site” or beyond the home computer to safeguard your digital valuables which could be something like a Will or Living Will, agreements, life insurance policies, home insurance policies, a simple home inventory list or video or perhaps something that’s really valuable to most every iTunes fan: a copy of your iTunes Library.

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