Turning on Ransomware Protection for Microsoft Windows 10
In short, malware that encrypts and locks down your computer and files until a ransom is paid is what
Malicious but legitimate-looking email links or attachments are commonly used to send ransomware assaults to a user’s computer. When a user launches the ransomware, it will often encrypt the user’s files and then demand a ransom to be paid in cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, in order to restore access.
Why is Money Ransom, an age-old and very efficient crime, now being perpetrated on the internet? Ransomware provides hackers with a low-risk, high-reward method of earning money. It’s simple to create and distribute a new version. Another factor working in attackers’ favour is that the majority of small firms are unprepared to deal with ransomware assaults.
Never pay a ransom for anything.
You cannot be certain that you will regain access to your information and that you will not become a victim of a second attack.
Many individuals and small organisations are less concerned with cyber security than they should be, and they are less likely to deploy cyber security measures or to spend less money on cyber security. The cybersecurity needs of medium and big enterprises may differ from those of small and medium-sized businesses, but both can benefit from built-in system security capabilities, such as Microsoft’s ransomware protection.
Defending against ransomware with Microsoft
When you install ransomware protection on your computer, it prevents a ransomware assault from encrypting access or files that are critical to your business. In order to protect devices against ransomware, Microsoft has included a built-in control in its operating system. Because it assures that the folders you choose cannot be updated, they are less likely to be encrypted down by a criminal. This post will show you how to configure and use this control to safeguard your files from being encrypted by ransomware.
Ransomware protection is beneficial, but keeping an offline copy of your data in case you need to recover vital files or information is even more important.
Setting up Ransomware Protection for Microsoft Windows 10
Pick up your mouse and click on the Windows icon in the lower left corner of your screen, followed by the Settings Cog icon.
The settings icon on Windows 10 is shown in this screenshot.
Once in Settings, select the Update & Security option from the drop-down menu.
In Windows 10, a screenshot of the updates and security icon is shown.
Select the Windows Security tab from the menu bar.
This is a screenshot of the Windows security icon at the Windows update screen.
Under the list of protection regions, select Virus and threat protection from the drop-down menu.
An image of the virus and threat prevention symbol in the Windows security screen.
Under Ransomware protection, select Manage ransomware protection from the drop-down menu.
The link to manage ransomware protection is highlighted in the following screenshot:
Most of the time, the Controlled folder access setting will be turned off. If this is the case, simply click on the toggle to enable it.
The toggle button for controlled folder access is highlighted in this screenshot.
Once controlled folder access has been enabled, select Protected folders from the drop-down menu.
Please keep in mind that you can only utilise this functionality if you are logged in as an administrator. In the event that you are a normal account user, you will be required to log in or authenticate using an Administrator account in order to continue.
For additional information on managing administrator and local user accounts in Microsoft Windows 10, please see Managing User Accounts in Microsoft Windows 10.
To add a protected folder, click on Add a protected folder and then browse to the folder you wish to include in the protected list.
In the protected list, the following folders are already included by default: /.local/shared/protected/
Documents, photographs, videos, and music are some of my favourites.
Please keep in mind that this will prevent apps from accessing any of the folders in the protected list.