The world is under siege by ransomware attacks. Ransomware don’t just put our personal data at risk, they are a serious threat to critical services and even national security. Therefore, we are elated to learn about the new Acronis Ransomware Protection – a free, standalone app that will protect us against ransomware.
The Ransomware Threat
Ransomware remains a silent destroyer of data for users worldwide. New strains of ransomware can easily bypass traditional anti-virus software to encrypt user data.
According to a ransomware survey conducted by Acronis earlier this month, 57.5% of the respondents still don’t know that ransomware can wipe their files and disable computer. Only 9.2% of the respondents heard about the WannaCry or NotPetya attacks last year, and 37.4% report that they don’t know how to protect their data or choose to do nothing.
These findings demonstrate a need for an easy, universal ransomware protection solution, and 55.5% of the survey respondents said that they would use one if it was free.
Acronis Ransomware Protection
Acronis Ransomware Protection is designed to stop ransomware attacks in real-time, and help users recover their data without paying any ransom. It is compatible with all popular backup and anti-virus programs, and provides an additional level of defense.
In event of a ransomware attack, Acronis Ransomware Protection blocks the malicious process and notifies the user with a popup. If any files were damaged in the attack, it facilitates the instant recovery of those affected files.
Acronis Ransomware Protection also comes with a cloud backup capability, allowing users to protect important files not only from ransomware, but also from hardware failure, natural disasters and other causes of data loss. Every user receives 5 GB of free Acronis Cloud storage.
Easy to install, Acronis Ransomware Protection is essentially a “set it and forget it” protection solution. The lightweight program (only 20 MB in size) requires limited system resources, which means it can run quietly in the background without affecting system performance.
Acronis Active Protection
Acronis Ransomware Protection is based on the Acronis Active Protection technology, that monitors system processes in real time, and uses unique behavioural heuristics to detect a ransomware attack.[adrotate group=”2″]
These heuristics are constantly being improved by machine learning models, that are generated by analysing hundreds of thousands of malicious and legitimate processes in the Acronis Cloud AI infrastructure.
According to Acronis, this AI-based training is “tremendously effective” in defeating all ransomware strains, including zero-day attacks that signature-based solutions cannot detect.
Downloading Acronis Ransomware Protection
Acronis Ransomware Protection is currently available only for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Head over to its official page for the FREE download.
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