OneDrive Security Update Office Blog

As Microsoft moves continuously into a “mobile first, cloud first” position, the need for improved OneDrive security is paramount. Data breaches are becoming common, even among big corporations, shoring up its cloud offerings is something the company is big.

OneDrive is at the core of Microsoft’s cloud offerings, at least towards consumers. The company wants customers to feel secure storing their data with the service. To help boost privacy and security within OneDrive, the company has introduced a new feature.

Well, actually it is an old feature migrated from another service. As the Office blog points out, Microsoft is now extending Office 365 Data Loss Prevention Policy Tips to the service. Namely the three OneDrive apps on the leading mobile platforms. That means users of the service on Android, iOS, and Universal Windows 10 will score improved security.

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Microsoft says the update means data loss prevention policies are now available to business customers on mobile. SharePoint and OneDrive for Business customers are getting a feature that has been available to Office 2016 and Outlook.

In its description, Microsoft says:

“Policy tips are contextual, user-facing notifications that educate people when they’re about to send, share or work with sensitive data, such as credit card, passport or driver’s license numbers. Policy tips help empower and educate users, while still allowing them to get their jobs done with enhanced security and stay compliant with your data protection policies. With this addition, your organization’s Data Loss Prevention policies, related to content stored in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, are now viewable on mobile devices. This complements what is already supported today with the web and Office 2016 clients, including Outlook.

With Data Loss Prevention, documents stored in OneDrive for Business are scanned for sensitive information and evaluated against company policies configured in Office 365. As users work with documents in the mobile app, they will see a policy tip for documents that contain sensitive information. Depending on the policies and user action, the tips may provide information about what triggered a policy violation or options to override and submit a false positive report if access to the content is blocked.”

When a user accesses an Office 365 business account, they will start seeing the tips. The update is available across platform now. You can grab it from the links below:

Windows 10

iOS

Android

In other recent OneDrive news, Microsoft confirmed that it is cutting the amount of free storage available on July 27th. Check out our previous report for all the must-read details.

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