Windows 10 ransomware protection remains the first line of defense for consumers using Windows in 2021.

Ransomware not only denies access to your data but demands a ransom be paid. criminals are increasingly turning to so-called “double extortion,”threatened to expose sensitive user data if a separate ransom isn’t paid.And the size of payments is on the rise.

Microsoft offers built-in ransomware protection as part of Windows Defender, found under Virus & Threat Protection. The basics for turning it on aren’t complicated: type in “Ransomware Protection” in the Windows 10 Cortana search bar then go to the “Ransomware Protection” screen. An option to select Controlled folder access. Then you have the option to select which folders you want protected.

Microsoft agrees that cloud protection is critical. 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.

Tactics to fend off ransomware

It’s strongly suggested by cybersecurity professionals that you use a a cloud-based file hosting service with automatic backup, such as Microsoft’s OneDrive, so you’re regularly backing up files.

A good defense is a so-called “air gap” strategy where the external storage device is completely disconnected from your computer and the internet. Back up your files, then disconnect the storage device.

Attackers tend to target corporations, schools, and hospitals, consumers who are working from home and doing their shopping on their work devices get targeted by attackers.Windows Defender has improved considerably over the years, there are several key areas where it is still largely susceptible to attacks. Improvement on line