Introducing New Security Features To Office 365, Microsoft Aims To Protect Users From Ransomware

| April 6 , 2018 , 18:13 IST

American multinational software giant Microsoft on Friday rolled out a new security update for its Office 365 (for both home and personal version), to protect the documents from being a victim of scams and ransomware. The new protection capabilities incorporate email encryption, ransomware detection and recovery and files restore features.

"Today, we're announcing new advanced protection capabilities coming to Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers to help further protect individuals and families from online threats," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President, Office 365 Client Applications-Microsoft, on late Thursday.

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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.

"To help protect customers, we are introducing two new capabilities that allow you to recover your files if they are affected by a malicious attack," Koenigsbauer added.

The new email encryption highlight in offers an additional layer of security and ensures end-to-end encryption of clients' email.

"When you use email encryption, your email remains encrypted over a secure connection-minimising the threat of your information being intercepted or leaked to cybercriminals," Microsoft reported.

Over the files restoration feature Microsoft said, "Files Restore allows you to restore your entire OneDrive to a previous point in time within the last 30 days. You can use this feature to recover from an accidental mass delete, file corruption, ransomware or other catastrophic events."

The new Office 365 can also detect ransomware attacks and enable users to restore their OneDrive to a point before files were compromised, so they don't have to submit to cybercriminal demands. 

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

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