The news arrives through the Microsoft’s Office blog and it points out to a pair of features that were introduced first for OneDrive for Business and that the company is currently pushing to anyone who is signed up for an Office 365 Home or a Personal subscription. The features work in collaboration in order to help the users to recover their files in the event of a ransomware attack.

At first, there is a ransomware detection and recovery. This feature scrutinizes the OneDrive looking for signs of a ransomware attack and then informs the user through email, desktop or mobile notifications. Then, the users are guided via a recovery process using the second feature that is Files Restore.

Files Restore is a feature that lets the users restore an entire OneDrive repository to a time prior to a ransomware attack, nearly up to 30 days before. The feature could be aptly used to recover from a number of catastrophic events in addition to ransomware, encompassing file corruption, accidental mass deletions, or other incidents. That implies that no matter what the cause is, the users could recover all of their OneDrive files and return back to a workable state relatively easily and quickly.

Both Personal subscriptions and Office 365 Home come with 1TB of storage for nearly up to five user accounts with the Home version and a single user with the Personal version. That is likely a plenty of storage for many of the people, at least when it comes to the most crucial documents, videos, and photos.

Therefore the storing of these files on the OneDrive could be a viable disaster recovery tool. While it might not replace the requirement to perform regular backups, it is simpler than creating a process to keep those backups entirely disconnected from a PC. After all, any of the files that are accessible from a PC could theoretically be encompassed in a ransomware attack, and so merely building a backup file to an attached drive or network attached storage (NAS) device is not actually a sufficient protection.

Microsoft is even rolling out some additional protections, including the ability to password-protect OneDrive sharing links, email encryption in Outlook.com, and forwarding restrictions on Outlook.com email messages. Even the links in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents would get a real-time check for the sites consisting of malware with a redirection to a warning page prior to the downloading.

The users could look for the Outlook.com encryption, Files Restore, and ransomware protection features over the next several weeks. The other features would likely roll out sometime in the near future.