SAN FRANCISCO: In a bid to protect users from phishing scams and ransomware, Microsoft is rolling out new security features for the Home and Personal versions of its Office 365 suite.
The new protection capabilities include 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,” Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President, Office 365 Client Applications-Microsoft, wrote in a blog post late on Thursday.
Ransomware has become an increasingly pervasive attack method 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 feature in Outlook.com offers an added layer of protection and ensures end-to-end encryption of users’ email.