As much as people hate to think of it, hacking attacks happen all the time, and there is very little that can be done about it. Sure, an antivirus is a great line of defense, but with the ever increasing complexity of attack out there, nothing is bullet proof.
Microsoft wants to make you feel a little better about that fact. A new feature in the Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection anti-hacking tool will alert you if you have in fact fallen victim to a hacking attack, and therefore reduce the collateral damage that can be caused by this type of devastating attack.
According to Microsoft the new tool will analyze information available from over a billion Windows devices, 2.5 trillion websites, and over a million suspicious files in its databases. If they feel that you are falling victim to one of these attack they will send you a notification in real time, in hopes that you can do something to stop the attack before it gets too far along. This is a huge advantage over a notification after the fact, when the damage is already done and there is not much you can do.
According to Microsoft it can take a corporate customer up to 200 days to recognize a security breach and another 80 to contain it. This type of attack can cost the company up to $12 million in damages, and with the new tool this could be reduced greatly.
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