Apple has patented a new Mac OS X feature called “Safe Deposit Box” using the Cloud for Storage possibley for OS X Lion, reports MacRumors.
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.
By dragging your important files into the “Safe Deposit Box”, files could be automatically encrypted and hidden from access. Original copies would be securely deleted and even copied into the cloud for backup.
Full story: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/02/19/apple-safe-deposit-box-patent-revealed-ahead-of-mac-os-x-lion/
OS X Lion features: http://www.apple.com/macosx/lion/