Microsoft has decided to improve further the security of it’s Windows 10 by adding new security features in multiple aspects of the OS in it’s Anniversary Update. The company has begun to demonstrate that they are aware of the ransomware threat primarily happening on Windows machines and they have come up with a report on which they underline several key features added to the OS and it’s programmed which assist in fending off ransomware.
What Is Improved?
One of the main features that Microsoft has added which will strengthen security is oriented towards the web browsers, more specifically fending off exploit kit attacks via web browsers. Microsoft has focused on their Edge browser and have created additional difficulties for malware to hack a device running it. The changes in this area are mainly oriented in the Adobe Flash Player and browser plug-in field. For starters, Microsoft has made it possible for the notoriously known for being a security weakness, Flash Player to run on a container, meaning that the app will run “surrounded” by an encryption code which will prevent any malware from executing any scripts outside this app. But this technology also has a downside since many computer viruses and Trojans have proven that they can bypass this defensive feature. But overall and all it should be able to stop most ransomware attacks.
Another interesting update is on the features of Windows Defender, Microsoft’s default antivirus software. The company claims in their report that they are attempting to make their OS more secure by fixing exploits, but this is not enough. This is why new methods of fast learning of new heuristic learning methods have been added to the antivirus. They aim to deliver the heuristic information much faster than before and stop malware distributed via e-mail and other online services. This significantly increases the response of the antivirus when it comes to a new threat and it’s prevention before actual infection and is characteristic for most second-generation antivirus programs.
Additional Protection Still Required
Even though these updates and advanced detection technologies are a satisfying protection against most ransomware threats, the more complicated ones which in most cases turn out to be more widespread may cause a lot of infections that are successful in the future.
This is why simple fixes in the OS is not enough. It is advisable to use several other protection layers as well for maximum security:
- External anti-malware software.
- Anti-phishing tools.
- External firewall.
- Protection against malicious web links.
- Safely storing important data.
- Constant updating of the OS with the latest updates installed as soon as possible.