How to keep your Microsoft Windows 10 PC safe from Ransomware Attacks

Microsoft has recently published a list of measures to be taken by customers to block ransomware attacks on their respective Windows 10 computers. And there are as follows-

1.     The first and foremost thing is to keep your Windows 10 Operating System and anti-virus up to date and better upgrade your PC to a Windows 10 Operating system. All Windows 7 Operating system users should keep in mind that their operating system will loose the regular security upgrades provide by Microsoft from January 2020. And that’s because the technology giant has made it official that it is going to stop offering upgrades to Win 7 systems from this year-end.

2.     Better back up files to an external hard drive or a cloud-based storage platform like One Drive or Google Drive.

3.     Just enable the file history feature or the system protection feature on your Win 10 device. Or else better set up a drive for file history.

4.     Using OneDrive for consumers or business makes sense in such situations.

5.     Never click on malicious links displayed on websites, spam messages or emails as they could dump you into phishing troubles

6.     Always use Microsoft Edge Browse which is being offered with SmartScreen Protection as prevents users from falling prey to websites which host exploits, and helps them stay safe from socially engineered attacks such as malware and phishing downloads.

7.     Better disable the loading of Macros in MS Office software

8.     If possible keep the Remote Desktop feature disabled

9.     Using 2FA makes complete sense

10. And using a web connection which is password protected makes complete sense

11. Stay away from websites that distribute illegal downloads, A-rated content, etc…

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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