Microsoft Adds Ransomware Protection To OneDrive

OneDrive ransomware protection


OneDrive Ransomware Protection

Here’s a scenario for you.

You know all about ransomware and how it can affect your computer. But did you realise it can also spread to your files stored in the cloud?

Microsoft does, which is why it’s creating some new OneDrive protections.

As a result, you can now ‘roll back’ the files stored in OneDrive to versions stored up to a month ago. This helps you get back to a point before the malware infection occurred.

Better still, it will use its automated threat-detection system. This figures out when the ransomware began infecting those files. You then get an alert, via your phone, so let you know that an infection has taken place.

What’s the catch?

You have to subscribe to Office 365, although the Outlook protections aren’t yet available to the Office 365 version of Outlook.

How does it work?

According to a recent article in

“What’s new is that Microsoft has adapted its Files Restore capability—previously only for OneDrive for Business—and brought it into Office 365 subscriptions for home users. Not only will Microsoft detect an attack, but you’ll be notified by any channels that Microsoft would normally use to send you messages: email, a popup notification, and more.

“Then, you’ll be able to enter OneDrive and essentially “roll back” to an earlier day. You’ll want to pick a day before Microsoft alerted you about the attack, naturally.

“Microsoft has also taken security within Outlook a step further: Now you can password-protect links to folders or files. That’s handy: Previously, there was really no real way to protect links to files or folders from being shared to anyone. Both the ransomware detection and link protections are available starting Thursday, Microsoft said.

“If you are concerned about those links being forwarded, Microsoft has begun to address that, too. In, you now have the option of encrypting a file or preventing it from being forwarded, or both simultaneously.”




Say Farewell to OneDrive’s Unlimited Storage for Office 365 Users

OneDrive cloud storage changes


Once upon a time, paying Office 365 subscribers enjoyed unlimited OneDrive storage, increasing the platform’s competitiveness against the likes of Google Drive and Dropbox. But now Microsoft has changed its mind because, apparently, the unlimited storage privilege had been abused by some users.

According to their official blog:

“Since starting to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings.”

They also added that, in some cases, users used 75TB of storage, which is 14,000 times the average used by Office 365 subscribers.

The changes mean that subscribers for Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University will go back to a 1TB limit for OneDrive storage. If you are on one of these plans and currently have more than 1TB stored in your OneDrive account, you can keep the increased space for 12 months.

To sum up:

  • Microsoft is offering pro-rated refunds to users who decide ti withdraw from their Office 365 subscription
  • Paid users of OneDrive will also experience downgrades, with the 100GB and 200GB storage options being replaced by a 50GB service for a monthly fee of $1.99 (currently standalone storage plans won’t be affected)
  • Free storage on OneDrive will decrease from 5GB to 15GB for all new and current users, with the bonus of 15GB for camera roll storage also being discontinued

Not such great news if you use the service.

It will be interesting to see how many current users will move their cloud storage services in light of Microsoft’s changes.

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Source: Techtimes


Which is The Best Cloud Storage Service of 2015?


Finding the right cloud storage service for your needs can be tricky.

There are 3 main players:

  • Dropbox
  • OneDrive
  • Google Drive

Of course, they each offer different benefits, so to help you work out which is best for your needs we’ve sifted through the pros and cons.

Service overview


Quite basic, Dropbox allows you to store files in the cloud, arranged in folders and sub-folders – a bit like you would on your desktop.

You can also choose to share folders with others – very handy if you want to email a large file to someone.


This offers much the same as Dropbox, but it’s integrated with the Microsoft and Google ecosystems.

Previously known as SkyDrive, if you have a Microsoft email account (Outlook or Hotmail) you already have OneDrive and access to Office Online (it’s also one of the apps included with the Windows 8 OS).

Google Drive

This is much the same as OneDrive except it’s integrated with Google Docs as well as Android and Chrome OS. In a similar way as above, if you have a Gmail account, you already have Google Drive.

How much to you get free?

Google Drive and OneDrive are the most generous offering 15GB free storage per user. You only get 2GB with DropBox.

As for bonuses, the picture is a bit different.

OneDrive offers a recruitment incentive bonus: recruit 1 friend and get an extra 500MB, which goes up to a maximum of 5GB if you recruit 10 friends.

You can also earn an extra 15GB of storage when you activate your camera roll backup on iOS, Android, Windows or Windows phone to save photos automatically to OneDrive.

Dropbox also offers a bonus scheme: for each person you invite to Dropbox (and who joins), you get an extra 500MB with a maximum of…wait for it…16GB. By far the most generous.

So which one is right for you?

Only you can decide that, but hopefully this quick insight will make that an easy decision.

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