A new series of Office 365 protection capabilities is coming to subscribers. Microsoft recently announced that it is rolling out advanced protection features to all subscribers of Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal in the coming weeks and months. Here’s what’s included in the new set of security capabilities.
For those who are familiar with the Files Restore feature available in OneDrive for Business, you’ll also be able to access that capability in your personal OneDrive account, meaning you can restore your entire OneDrive to a previous point within the last 30 days. It’s meant to cover you in the case of an accidental mass delete, file corruption, ransomware, or some other catastrophic event or loss of data.
Office 365 will now also be able to detect ransomware attacks to help you restore your OneDrive to a point before any of your files became compromised, so you won’t need to submit to demands from cybercriminals to recover data. If the system detects an attack, you’ll be alerted through an email, mobile, or desktop notification and then guided through the recovery process so that you can find the date and time of the attack and accurately recover the files you need.
In order to secure your data to actually lessen the likelihood of those attacks, Microsoft has also added a security option to protect the links you share in OneDrive with passwords. You can set and require a password to access a shared file or folder so that others can’t access those files in the case of an accidental forward or share.
Outlook.com will also feature an email encryption option that adds an extra layer of protection and ensures end-to-end encryption of your emails. And another new feature lets you restrict your email recipients from forwarding or copying the emails you send from Outlook.com. You can also set attachment within those emails to be encrypted even after downloading so that they can’t be opened by another recipient if the original person attempts to forward or share.
Other advanced Office 365 protection capabilities
Within Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Microsoft is also adding advanced link protection. Essentially, the links you click within those programs will be checked in real time so you don’t inadvertently visit sites with malware or phishing scams. If the site is suspicious, you’ll be redirected to a warning screen recommending that you don’t visit that particular site.
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