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What is Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that can encrypt your files and demand payment in exchange for their release. Protecting yourself from ransomware is important to prevent the loss of valuable data and avoid paying ransom to attackers. In this article, we will discuss some tips for protecting yourself from ransomware.

One of the first things you can do to protect yourself from ransomware is to turn on Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10 or 11. This can help protect your important local folders from unauthorized programs like ransomware or other malware. In addition, Microsoft 365 advanced protection can provide ransomware detection and recovery.

Backing up your files with File History is another important step in protecting yourself from ransomware. This can help ensure that you have a copy of your important files in case they are encrypted by ransomware.

It is also important to keep your operating system and other software up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates. This can help prevent attackers from exploiting vulnerabilities in your system to deliver ransomware or other malware.

Another important step in protecting yourself from ransomware is to avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. These can often be used as delivery mechanisms for ransomware and other types of malware.

Finally, it is important to have a reliable antivirus software installed and to keep it up-to-date. Antivirus software can help detect and remove ransomware and other types of malware from your system.

In summary, protecting yourself from ransomware requires a multi-layered approach that includes turning on Controlled Folder Access, backing up your files, keeping your system and software up-to-date, avoiding suspicious links and attachments, and using reliable antivirus software. By following these tips, you can help protect your data and avoid falling victim to ransomware attacks.

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