Mi­crosoft adds ran­somware pro­tec­tion and file re­store to OneDrive cloud stor­age

Zambian Business Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

OneDrive users can now use it to sim­ply re­store files from any point in time within the last 30 days. If you ac­ci­den­tally delete a file you’ll be able to re­store it, or if you make some bad changes and want to roll back to an ear­lier copy.

Mi­crosoft is mar­ket­ing the Files Re­store fea­ture as a good way to pro­tect against ran­somware at­tacks that lock files on a lo­cal PC, and of­ten try to delete copies that are stored in synced fold­ers – repli­cat­ing those changes in the cloud. We’ve seen a num­ber of these at­tacks re­cently, and vic­tims have been forced to pay money to try and get their files back.

If OneDrive de­tects mass dele­tion of cloud files, Mi­crosoft will alert users through an email or mo­bile / desk­top no­ti­fi­ca­tion and a re­cov­ery process will let you quickly re­store to a time be­fore the ran­somware at­tack. “It’s the first of its kind in the in­dus­try,” says Seth Pat­ton, gen­eral man­ager of Of­fice 365. “We be­lieve OneDrive is the safest place to store your files.”

Along­side this new Files Re­store fea­ture, Mi­crosoft is also adding pass­word pro­tected shar­ing links for OneDrive to make it a lit­tle more se­cure when you share out sen­si­tive files or fold­ers. Out­look.com is also get­ting up­dated with email en­cryp­tion for Of­fice 365 sub­scribers. The email en­cryp­tion can be en­abled on in­di­vid­ual mes­sages, and Out­look.com will even prompt you to en­crypt emails if it de­tects in­for­ma­tion like so­cial se­cu­rity num­bers in mes­sages. Re­cip­i­ents will be able to read the mes­sages in Out­look.com, Out­look for iOS and An­droid, the Win­dows Mail app, or just by vis­it­ing a link in the email if the level of se­cu­rity at the re­cip­i­ent doesn’t meet Mi­crosoft’s en­crypted con­nec­tion stan­dards. Out­look.com users will also be able to pre­vent re­cip­i­ents from for­ward­ing or copy­ing emails sent from the ser­vice.

OneDrive’s Files Re­store, ran­somware pro­tec­tion, and Out­look.com en­cryp­tion will start rolling out to Of­fice 365 sub­scribers to­day and through­out the rest of the month. Mi­crosoft says pass­word pro­tected OneDrive links will be avail­able in the com­ing weeks.

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