How O365 Can Protect You From Cybercrime

Passwords, multi-factor authentication, secured Wi-Fi connections – they give us the illusion of safety. However, the reality is often different from what we imagine and the scenarios we play in our heads. Ransomware attacks quadrupled between 2015 and 2017 making almost everyone vulnerable, from big corporations to small businesses, and regular users. While we’re still learning how to protect ourselves, cybercriminals seem always to be one step ahead of the game, improving their skills and their technologies.

If you are a small business owner using Office 365 for your daily tasks, is there anything you can and should do to ensure you are safe from harm? Can you imagine your important documents held to a ransom that you can’t afford to pay?

The truth is that Office 365 is a preferred target for cybercriminals taking an interest in corporate accounts. However, due to its advanced protection capabilities, Office 365 and its suite of programs is a fortress.

Here’s what you should know.

It often feels like we’re in a vicious circle, doesn’t it? Cybercriminals attack us, so we develop programs to keep our data safe, only to have those programs become the new target for hackers. That’s why it’s vital never to let your guard down and always ensure the best practices for protecting your private information and devices.

O365 can help you do just that. Check out all of these features that can help derail cybercriminals.

  1. Files restore

    Using OneDrive as your cloud service allows you to restore your entire account to any version in the last 30 days. In other words, in the event of an attack, or even just plain human error, you can recover all your files.

  2. Ransomware detection and recovery

    Office 365 can now detect ransomware. Once they are detected, the program sends users an alert, notifying them of the date and time of the attack. You can recover your files from before the time of the attack and avoid any other digital disaster.

  3. Password protected links

    The password protected link sharing feature offers sensitive information or confidential files an extra layer of protection.

  4. Email encryption

    With email encryption, it is easier to control the level of clearance the email recipients can have and prevent any confidential information from leaking.

  5. Recognizing suspicious links

    Have you ever received a document containing links that you were wary of opening? With this feature, you can rest assured that if there’s even the slightest chance of an attack, Office 365 will alert you moments after clicking on a suspicious link.

  6. And a few bonus features

    Office 365 also includes two-factor authentication to protect accounts from attacks, as well as the option to prevent files from being copied or forwarded.

One last thing…

We’ve already mentioned that it’s essential to stay updated with the latest measures you can employ to protect your data from cyber attacks. Don’t forget the importance of testing any protection practices. When you are sure your plan and its features fit your needs, you are equipped to stop attackers from getting to you.

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