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Ransomware Shield

This Article Applies to:

  • Small Office Protection

Ransomware Shield secures your personal photos, documents, and files from being modified, deleted, or encrypted by ransomware attacks. This feature scans for and automatically secures folders which may contain personal data and allows you to specify which other folders you want to protect from untrusted applications. Additionally, you can specify which applications are allowed to modify the files in your folders and which applications are always blocked.

Specifying Protected Folders

By default, Ransomware Shield scans for and automatically secures folders where your personal data might be stored. To manually add another folder to the list:

  1. Open the Small Office Protection UI
  2. Click Protection, then Ransomware Shield
  3. Click Protect New Folder
  4. Select a folder, then click Ok

Ransomware Shield Settings

You can access these settings by clicking Menu ▸ Settings, then navigating to Protection ▸ Ransomware Shield.

Mode: choose whether the Ransomware Shield mode is Smart (allow trusted applications but must give permission to untrusted applications), or Strict (must give permission for all apps)

File Types: use the check boxes to select which file types are secured in your protected folders, and add additional file types by typing the extension in the text box

Adding Allowed and Blocked Applications

  1. Navigate to Menu ▸ Settings, then navigating to General ▸ Blocked & Allowed Apps
    • Alternatively, you can click View allowed / blocked apps on the Protection ▸ Ransomware Shield page
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To block an app, click Block App, then select the app from the list or click Select App Path and browse to the application .exe
    • To allow an app, click Allow App, then select the app from the list or click Select App Path and browse to the application .exe
  3. Click Add

You can edit any item in these lists by clicking the three dots beside the application in the list and selecting either Change blocked features or Remove.