Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Tech | By

Microsoft Boosts Office 365 Ransomware Protection

Microsoft Boosts Office 365 Ransomware Protection

The feature could be aptly used to recover from a number of catastrophic events in addition to ransomware, encompassing file corruption, accidental mass deletions, or other incidents.

It may not be as widely popular as the likes of Dropbox, but Microsoft's OneDrive has the advantage of being tied to its other apps and services, specifically the Office ones.

"As these threats evolve, we are continuously improving detection capabilities to help keep you safe from the most advanced ransomware", the company added.

"When you utilize Outlook.com email encryption, your email remains scrambled over a protected association limiting the risk of your data being caught or spilled to cybercriminals", the product goliath included. Then, the users are guided via a recovery process using the second feature that is Files Restore.

The new feature is called File Restore and is a OneDrive feature that will allow users to go back in time and restore files to a previous state from the past 30 days.

In the post, the executive also revealed that Office 365 can now detect ransomware attacks. That will prevent you from having to submit to criminals, says Microsoft. When an attack is detected, Microsoft will alert the user through an email, mobile, or desktop notification and guide them through a recovery process where they will find the date and time of attack preselected in Files Restore.


Ransomware has turned into an inexorably inescapable assault in which cybercriminals "lock up" and prevent access to files in an effort to extort money from victims.

"When you use Outlook.com email encryption, your email remains encrypted over a secure connection-minimising the threat of your information being intercepted or leaked to cybercriminals", Microsoft reported. It's not clear what extra steps, if any, will be needed to read encrypted emails with other mail providers. If someone forwards an email you send with an attachment, the attachment wouldn't open, for example.

Advanced link checking and advanced attachment scanning is available in Outlook.com, and will launch for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in 2018.

Users who do click on a bad link will receive a warning about proceeding.

Both Personal subscriptions and Office 365 Home come with 1TB of storage for almost up to five user accounts with the Home version and a single user with the Personal version. Outlook.com already sniffs your links for potential malware.

Like this: