Learn how to protect ransomware in Windows 10

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As you know, Windows 10 has an efficient antivirus that protects your programs and data. Windows Defender in Windows 10 in 1901 was equipped with a security feature called “Ransomware Protection” to fight ransomware. This feature is disabled by default, but as the number of ransomware increases day by day, it is important to enable this feature to get the most out of your computer. In this article,  a tutorial on activating the anti-ransomware feature in Windows 10 .

What is ransomware?

Simply put, ransomware encrypts the data on your computer and then charges you a ransom to decrypt your information and data. Usually this ransom must be paid in cryptocurrencies (digital currencies such as Bitcoin and…). 


Enable anti-ransomware in Windows 10

As mentioned, Windows 10 has a feature called  Ransomware Protection  that consists of two components:   Controlled Folder Access and Ransomware Data Recover .


  Controlled Folder Access to restrict access to your folders and data.

  Ransomware Data Recover To set up a Microsoft OneDrive account to back up data.


  To enable these two features, follow these steps:


  • Open the settings section from the Windows menu;


  • In this section, select Update & Security;

Learn how to enable ransomware in Windows 10


  • From the left panel, click on Windows Security;


  • Enter the Virus & threat protection section;


Learn how to enable ransomware in Windows 10


Learn how to enable ransomware in Windows 10

At the bottom of the page you will see Ransomware Protection:


  • Click on Manage ransomware protection;


Enable ransomware protection in Windows 10


  • Well, it is enough to enable Controlled Folder Access in this section;


*   Also, by clicking on Protected folders, you can add important folders to restrict and remove access to malicious programs;


**   Use the Allow an app through Controlled folder access option to specify the applications that are allowed to change your folders;


Enable ransomware in Windows 10


Ransomware Data Recover automatically syncs your folders and applications with your Microsoft OneDrive account to back up your data. In this case, if you are infected with ransomware, you can easily recover the backup of your data.

  • You can add your Microsoft account by clicking on Set up OneDrive.


How to enable ransomware in Windows 10


Unfortunately, if you have antivirus software installed and Windows Defender disabled, the Ransomware Protection feature and the Controlled Folder Access feature are not available.


Keep in mind that even enabling these options is not enough to fully protect you! Especially in organizations and companies to maintain vital information, professional facilities and regular backups should be used to prevent data loss against possible attacks by ransomware and other malware.


Be safe… 

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