As the Internet usage increases, so do the threats that try to get into our PC. Cyberwars and cyberattacks, new tricks, botnet battles and attacks with ransomware like WannaCry have caused chaos during 2017.
Ransomware, which are programs that extort you, were one of the most feared threats for many people during this year: ransomware encrypted the data of thousands of PCs and demanded their owners for a ransom in order to recover them. A profitable business for criminals.
Therefore, prevention is very important, although antivirus software already defend you against these blackmailing programs and even have certain specific protection modes. Now, if the worst has already happened and the data has been encrypted, there is no antivirus that can help you until a ‘cure’ is found. This is why the best advice is to back up your data and keep it safe.
Microsoft is aware that Windows is the first line of defense, so it offers a free antivirus and a basic firewall to stop the most dangerous threats: spyware, phishing, Trojans, etc. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, the brand has improved the security, putting it in the new Windows Defender Security Center where you can manage the antivirus, the firewall, the SmartScreen filter against phishing, and the parental control.