Microsoft Windows 10 Fall 2017 Creator Update: Ransomware Protection

There have been many new features that have been introduced with the new 2017 Windows Creator Update. Some features pertain to social aspects, others are for creativity, but Microsoft has also mentioned that it had hardened security, and add protection against ransomware in the new 2017 Fall Creator Update.  This new feature is called the “controlled folder access” feature. This feature prevents suspicious applications from changing the contents of selected protected folders. The main goal is to safeguard data from any ransomware infections that manage to get by third-party antivirus software. In order to activate the feature, you have to enable it through the Windows Defender Security Center App. You can access it by opening the virus and threat protection screen within Defender. From here, the user can switch on the controlled folder access option to make the feature active. Enterprise users, and administrators, can also be activate the feature through PowerShell, Group Policy, and MDM configurations. When the feature is active, essential directories such as the documents folder, are locked off from any malicious application that wants to encrypt files to hold them ransom, or even destroy them. By default, the usual folders such as Documents, Pictures, and Videos, folders will be protected by the controlled folder access feature, but it is not just limited to these folders. Other folders besides the document’s folder can also be protected using this feature. Microsoft explained, ” This feature protects your files from tampering, in real-time, by locking folders so that ransomware and other unauthorized apps can’t access them. It’s like putting your crown jewels in  a safe whose key only you...

New features of Windows 10: Fall Creator update and what did I learn as IT Student at MATC

Gregory Trapp

IT Support Student at Milwaukee Area Technical College
IT Student excited about a new career
The Windows 10 Fall Creator update has a many new features that are exciting! A few of these updates include: My People, voice activated power commands to Cortana, updates to Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Store updates, Security, and Game mode. There are a couple other updates not listed, but these are the updates we will be discussing today. My People is an update that was added and you can now pin your top people in the taskbar for a quick one click access to those people. You can tap on your pinned contact and send an email or chat with them without having to open any of the apps you normally would. This is very important and helpful for IT users because now if you need to contact someone, you can do it in an easier way, especially those people you contact often. Using My People you can also drag an item you wish to share onto that saved contact. This will be useful when needing to send instructions or a Youtube video link. Another exciting new feature is that Cortana can now be voice activated. You can now reach her above the lock screen, and you can ask Cortana to shut down, restart, or sleep your computer. This will help IT users multitask, which we already know is a very important part of IT. Microsoft Edge received a bunch of updates! For those that enjoy reading, or for students, you can now annotate your books in Microsoft Edge. This is going to be huge for students because many  students are now buying E books because they are usually cheaper...

What are the differences between Adware Virus, Worms, Spyware, Trojan, Rootkits, Backdoors, Logic bomb, Botnets

Security breaches is a big problem that concerns every company. Many businesses are still unprepared or not protected at all from a variety of security  threat. There are many causes and many type  of security threat. These threats are referred to as malicious software program also known as “Malware”.  Some of them are not even known by the average computer users. Below are the most known malware that can harm our computers, each one will be define along with their characteristics. Adware: They are designed to display advertisements on your computer, redirect your search request to advertising websites and collect marketing-type data about you- in instance- the types of websites that you visit-so that customized adverts can be displayed. There is no signs of the program in your computer’s system making its presence unknown and challenging to detect. Visiting an infected website can result in unauthorized installation of adware on your computer. Virus: Is design to spread from host to host. It has the ability to replicate itself. A computer virus is a type of malicious program written to alter the way a computer operates. It is also designed to spread from one computer to another. A virus operates by inserting itself to a legitimate program in order to execute its code. Worms: A computer worm is a self-b replicating computer program that penetrates an operating system with the intend of spreading malicious codes.  Worms utilizes networks to send copies of the original code to others computers. Worms cause harm by consuming bandwidth or sometimes deleting files or sending document via e-mail. Worms can also install backdoor on computers. Worms are often...

Free Antivirus To Protect Home Computers

Taking the precautionary steps to prevent any sort of malicious content plaguing your computer is absolutely critical.  From personal experience, working on family computers that is, this seems to be overlooked quite often.  In all honesty, if you’re computer literate that is, not having an antivirus installed isn’t the end of the world.  When I built my computer in 2012, I went without any sort of antivirus program for almost 2 years.  Everything went without a hitch until one day I was attacked at a personal level.  To this day, I’m not entirely sure how they gained access to my computer. I looked pretty in depth to find answers, but hit brick walls every turn of the way.  The non-official consensus is some sort of phishing attack.  Staying up late at night, sleep deprived, I most likely clicked on a link that was just one character off from the real website URL, and BAM, my information is scattered for all to see.  After extensive cleaning, I started looking into free antivirus software, and narrowed it down to three reputable options.   Microsoft Security Essentials MS Security Essentials was the first piece of software my friends directed me to.  It’s completely free of charge, and very dependable.  Considering it has been developed by the creators of the OS I was using, it seemed like a good bet.  The interface is relatively streamlined and easy to understand quickly.  It looks for the most basic of threats, and actually detected several registry issues when I first installed it.  I still have it on my computer after several years, and I don’t plan...