If you are wary of ransomware attacks, it would be a good idea to turn to Windows 10 Ransomware Protection. In this article, we will explain how to turn on Windows 10 Ransomware Protection as it will protect you from possible ransomware attacks.
Ransomware attacks have increased a lot over the years. There has been an increase in the number of cases where bad actors have targeted schools, health organizations, and even cities. There is a new trend where hackers tend to use double extortion techniques, they threaten to expose sensitive data if the ransom is not paid.
Hackers have been known to demand millions in ransom and sometimes in cryptocurrency. The highest amount paid to the bad actors has almost doubled to $10 million in 2020.
How to Turn on Windows10 Ransomware Protection
If you are thinking, are you protected from ransomware attacks? We suggest Windows 10 Ransomware Protection. Windows 10 offers built-in ransomware protection as part of Windows Defender, found under Virus & Threat Protection.
- To turn on the feature, Type “Ransomware Protection” in the Windows 10 Cortana search bar
- Go to the “Ransomware Protection” screen.
- Select Controlled folder access. Select which folders you want to protect.
Earlier this year, Ingenuity Lab, University of Nottingham posted a video on their YouTube channel, the PC Security Channel. The video explains the level of Windows Defender offers.
The video shows just a single sample of ransomware getting through, while the offline protection is a bit dicey with 10 samples missed.
PC Security Channel does recommend turning on the Controlled Folder Access, as explained above by us.
According to a Microsoft spokesperson, “Cloud protections are an important part of defending new malware in real-time. They allow us to continually enhance our anti-malware and other security features built into our platforms to fight the evolving complexity of threats,” the spokesperson said.
Ransomware Defence Tactics For You
- Use cloud-based file hosting services with automatic backups such as Microsoft’s OneDrive, for regularly backing up files.
- Disconnect the external storage device i.e. go offline from your computer and the internet. After you back up your files, disconnect the storage device.
- Use separate devices for work and personal use.
Windows 10 Ransomware Attack feature can be handy, but there are several areas that are highly susceptible to attacks as seen in the video posted by PC Security Channel.