Protect Against Ransomware - Part I

Introduction

This tutorial explains how to protect yourself from ransomware that could hold your files hostage and lock you out of your computer.

What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system's screen or by locking the users' files unless a ransom is paid. More modern ransomware families, collectively categorized as crypto-ransomware, encrypt certain file types on infected systems and force users to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods to get a decrypt key.

How does this security software handle ransomware?

Your Trend Micro security software can prevent ransomware from maliciously encrypting your files and holding them hostage until you pay the attacker. Folder Shield adds an extra layer of defense that limits access to files within the protected folders. Your Trend Micro security software will notify you if suspected ransomware tries to access files protected by Folder Shield.