Ransomware was big news last year as PCs around the world were affected with the same strain of the malicious software named WannaCry.
If you are unlucky enough to be affected with ransomware it will spread from file to file, encrypting them until you hand over a cash amount for the hackers to give you the digital key.
Ransomware also has the ability to spread to your files stored in the cloud, now Microsoft has added further protection to their OneDrive to address the issue.
Microsoft has added a new “rollback” feature that allows you to return to an earlier point before the malware struck. You have the ability to “roll back” up to a month.
Microsoft’s automated threat-detection systems will also be used to investigate when the ransomware first began infecting your files and upon being infected you will receive an alert via your phone.
Additional protections have also been announced pertaining to sharing and reading files stored on OneDrive and emailed via Outlook.com. However, this new feature will not be free, users will need to subscribe to Office 365 to enjoy the security benefits.
Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Office, Kirk Koenigsbauer said in a blog post, “With the growing presence and sophistication of online threats like viruses, ransomware, and phishing scams, it’s increasingly important to have the right protection and tools to help protect your devices, personal information, and files from being compromised.”
Prevention is better than the cure…
By smart surfing and other security conscious browsing practices, you are already establishing the first line of defence against a malware attack.
If you are one of the unlucky ones that do get infected, not only will it infect your PC but also those on the network which includes the connections to your cloud storage.
One solution to fix would be to erase all files and refresh your PC which isn’t really an attractive option considering you would lose all your files.
Microsoft can keep all your critical files in OneDrive now, so in case you are attacked your files will be safe, and if OneDrive folder becomes a victim, you’ll be able to access an earlier version.