Defending Windows 10 Against Ransomware

Defending Windows 10 Against Ransomware

Dennis Snider

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Every computer user should be concerned about the possibility of suffering a ransomware attack. Ransomware hackers can get into your computer, encrypt all your files – your photos, your movies, your documents, everything – and demand a ransom to return things to normal. It used to be the case that simply avoiding dubious websites was enough to avoid this sort of attack; however, things have changed.

First, your top priority should be to ensure that all your data is backed up. This is a sensible precaution anyway, in case you suffer from theft, accident, or virus. Cloud services are now incredibly good value, or in some cases free. You might also want to make a hardcopy; again, decent capacity hard drives cost next to nothing these days.

In addition, you must make sure that you have some form of virus protection on your computer. You can spend money on top range protection or stick with Microsoft’s free Windows Defender software, which since the Fall Creator Update contains ransomware protection.

Unfortunately the default position for this software is to have the ransomware protection disabled. To enable protection, use Windows search to find Windows Defender Security Centre. Select “Virus & Threat Protection” and run a check on your computer for viruses.
Once you’ve checked your computer is clean, go to the bottom of the screen and select “Ransomware Protection,” and move the slider to “On.” You will be asked if you give permission for the Security Centre to change your settings – agree to this, and presto, you’re protected.

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