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Cybereason RansomFree Anti-Ransomware

We all know ransomware is on the rise and it’s one of the most annoying types of attack in recent years. I mean, in the past systems got infested with various junk that was hard to clean, but essentially, you could always just start over by reinstalling Windows. Ransomware changed that, because it attacks stuff that’s irreplaceable. User files like documents and photos. You can’t just stat over by reinstalling Windows.

Now, the only 100% protection is backup of your data, but reality is, it’s really annoying to constantly make backups by hand and if you have it automated, we’ve already seen malware and ransomware which ruins your backups as well. So, I personally prefer prevention, rather than remedy or backups to the whole thing.

There are various tools and protection systems of which some can be found here. One tool however stands out a bit, for two reasons mostly and that’s because it’s free and provides very high generic protection against known and unknown ransomware and they are continuously improving it. It is called…

Cybereason RansomFree

Like anything, nothing is ever 100%. But if you can dramatically decrease the chances of getting hit by ransomware, I’m sure anyone would take it. It’s like with real vaccines. There is always small chance it still won’t be effective against one specific strain of flu, but if it can protect you from 95% of it, wouldn’t you take the “chance”?

I’ve made a test of it recently and you can see for yourself how effective it is.

When out of several strains only 3 types got past RansomFree defenses, I’d say that’s pretty damn good or something that’s free and consumes nearly no resources.

And today I’ve even received news about new version 2.1.1 which also addresses the mentioned issues of not protecting non-system partitions as well as potential other improvements thanks to our tests that showed the flaws. If they can figure out Petya strain, that would be also awesome. But they are already doing a good job as it is and I can only recommend this software to everyone who value their personal files.



Secure Folders Free files and folders protection

I’ve come across program called Secure Folders on Wilders Security forums. But this one is a bit different from the usual bunch of programs that lock folders with password. This one doesn’t. This one protects files and folders in a different way. It makes files or folders invisible to unauthorized apps, it makes files non-executable, it makes them read-only, or it can lock them entirely. They will be visible, but you won’t be able to read or modify them unless you’re using a trusted specified application. The number of options to protect files is quite extensive and will give you ability to protect nearly any kind of files/folders without making it difficult for every day use.

Ok, what can I use this program for you may ask?

Well, it’s quite simple actually. Program has few limitations that I’ll discuss with the developers (like missing strict per rule trusted applications for even tougher, more detailed protection), but in a nutshell, I see it as an amazing tool to protect your important files and documents from getting stolen or encrypted (ransomware malware) by unauthorized applications. I see it as a great way to protect your browser user data folders so malware can’t simply read your locally stored bookmarks and passwords and send the data to a remote server. And just these two abilities give this tool an incredible value (yeah, even though it’s free!).

A simple example on how you can protect your music and photos from ransomware…



What does this mean? This means ONLY explorer.exe, musicbee.exe and paintdotnet.exe can modify the specified file types. All 3 apps are essential to use those protected files without any problems, but no other app will be able to modify protected files. It’ll still be able to read them, but not modify, which is crucial to defend from ransomware. You can even make it fully global using * so it doesn’t really matter where it is located. Just be careful so you don’t lock yourself out of the system by hiding system files or anything similar, making system unbootable!

Too bad I haven’t found this app sooner, but I’m glad I know it now. Kudos to the developer, it’s a really well made app with superb interface, something you rarely see with such “indie” programs.


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Btw, if you want to protect something and you don’t know how exactly, just ask me down below and I’ll try to explain what goes into what list 🙂