Microsoft adds Files Restore feature on OneDrive and Outlook

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Microsoft's File Restore feature will allow users to protect themselves from ransomware attacks

Microsoft introduces Files Restore feature

On Thursday, Microsoft announced[1] that it is introducing a feature that will let users protect themselves from ransomware attacks[2] much better. Previously only offered for Business accounts, the File Restore feature will now be available for regular users.

This element allows users to revert malware’s damage by rolling back the files stored in OneDrive[3] within the last 30 days. Thus, users will be able to pick a date and restore all their data in just a few simple clicks.

However, this function is not free, and users are required to have Office 365 subscription. In addition to file restore function, the service also provides access to Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other MS Office applications.

Microsoft is pitching Files Restore feature as a solution to ransomware epidemic

Ransomware is a dangerous virus that encrypts all users’ files and demands a ransom to be paid in exchange for the decryption key. The key is stored on a remote server and can only be retrieved if cybercriminals agree to provide it. However, users need to pay the ransom demanded in cryptocurrency before that. Nevertheless, there is no guarantee that victims will recover their files.[4]

Obviously, the best protection is safe internet browsing practices combined with reliable security software. Nevertheless, ransomware attacks do happen to even the most computer-savvy individuals. Thus, users are left with two options: either pay the ransom or lose all precious files.

One of the worst ransomware features is that it can spread to other networks reasonably easily, including cloud servers. Malware replicates merely all the actions done on the infected PC and deletes all personal files from OneDrive as well. Files Restore feature will enable users to avoid paying the ransom and recover all their files without much effort.

As soon as OneDrive detects excessive file deletion from one's account, it will immediately contact the user via a desktop/mobile pop-up, message or email.

Additional protection for Microsoft product users

In addition to Files Restore feature, Microsoft is also introducing password protected links. Seemingly, there was no similar feature in the past and links to files and folders could be shared with anyone, allowing unauthenticated access.

Microsoft also promised to enhance file encrypting[5] procedure when sending emails via Outlook. The author of the email will be able to encrypt individual messages, and Outlook will even encourage them to do so if it detects any sensitive information, like name, address, social security number or similar.

The recipients will have to visit the specified link in the email to be able to read the message if their connection security level does not suffice Microsoft’s standards. Otherwise, users will be able to read emails via Android,, Windows Mail App or Outlook for iOS. Office 365 subscribers will also be able to prevent recipients from copying messages or forwarding them.

Password protected links, Files Restore feature and email encryption will be available in the upcoming weeks, Microsoft announced.

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Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

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Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Shares the knowledge about computer protection

Alice Woods is a security expert who specializes in cyber threat investigation and analysis. Her mission on Ugetfix - to share the knowledge and help users to protect their computers from malicious programs.

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