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Acronis Ransomware Protection review

first_imgAcronis Ransomware Protection review by Martin Brinkmann on January 29, 2018 in Software – 6 commentsAcronis Ransomware Protection is a new security program for Windows designed to protect the system against ransomware attacks.Users of Acronis True Image 2018 may notice that it looks similar to the built-in anti-ransomware protection of Acronis’ backup solution. Acronis Ransomware Protection is a standalone version of the True Image 2018 component that is available for free.Note: You need to sign in to an Acronis account or create a new one before you can start using the security program after installation. Account creation happens in the program, but the email address needs to be verified within five days of creation.Acronis Ransomware Protection is compatible with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and newer versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.Acronis Ransomware ProtectionA wizard guides new users on the first start. The program’s core concepts are explained in the tutorial, but it is mostly self-explanatory.Acronis Ransomware Protection displays the number of total processes and suspicious processes in the interface. There is also a graph that shows changes over time, and an option to manage processes.A click on manage processes lists all suspicious processes in the application’s interface. QuiteRSS, Windows Firewall Control, Veeam Endpoint Backup and even rundll32.exe were listed on a test system.You can block or trust any process listed on the page, and add new applications to the list to either allow or block them from running on the computer.Acronis notes that it stops suspicious processes that try to encrypt files or inject malicious code into the system, and that users are notified about that immediately.The program assists users in recovering files if the ransomware encrypted data before the security program could put a stop to the attack. Acronis notes that it supports recovering file copies from caches, temporary files or backups.Acronis Ransomware Protection comes with built-in backup functionality. Users get 5 Gigabytes of online storage space which they may use to back up important files. Additional space starts at €9.99 per year for 250 Gigabytes and goes up to €39.99 for 1 Terabyte of space.Simply drag and drop files or folders to upload them to Acronis servers.The program checks for changes in 15-minute intervals and uploads new data to the cloud. It uploads only changed data and not the entire file.Acronis Ransomware Protection retains some file versions and not all of them to save disk space. The following versions remain in storage while all others are deleted automatically:The last four backups.The first version of every hour for the last 24 hours.The first version of every day for the last week.The first version of every week for the last month.The first version of every month.Users can sign in to the cloud storage to manage their files online. Files can be deleted online, and there is even an option to delete an entire backup.The ransomware protectionThe built-in ransomware protection uses a heuristic approach.Based on a heuristic approach, this technology monitors processes running on your computer by using the real-time mode. When it detects a third-party process that tries to encrypt your files or inject malicious code into a healthy process, it informs you about it and asks if you want to allow the process to modify your files or block the processHeuristics is a two-edged sword. While it may pick up altered ransomware strains, it is prone to false positives as well.The application requires Internet access to communicate with Acronis servers to function properly.Closing WordsAcronis Ransomware Protection is a new anti-ransomware software for Windows. The core differentiating factor is the built-in backup module which users may use to store files safely in the cloud. Five Gigabytes are enough for securing important files and the price of extra storage does not break the bank either.You cannot exit the program while it runs. This is a bad design decision in my opinion. While you can disable protection, you cannot terminate the program using built-in controls.Related articlesAnti-Ransomware Software OverviewBitdefender Anti-Ransomware releasedBitdefender Ransomware Recognition ToolCyberSight RansomStopper anti-ransomware for WindowsSBGuard Anti-Ransomware hardens WindowsTrendMicro Ransom Buster: Windows ransomware protectionSummary12345 Author Rating4 based on 4 votes Software Name Acronis Ransomware ProtectionOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/free-data-protection/ Advertisementlast_img read more


Costa Rica sees spike in refugees driven by Northern Triangle violence

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala-Honduras customs union first step in regional development plan Violence drives women to flee Central America’s Northern Triangle Refugee program for Central Americans ‘still on the drawing board’: US official As budget battles loom, Biden asks US Congress to approve aid for Central America Flares of violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle have sparked a sudden rush of migrants seeking refugee status in Costa Rica, according to Immigration Administration Director Kathya Rodríguez. In the face of this rush, immigration officials have been working to reactivate its long-lauded refugee system after no refugee applications were granted in 2014.Rodríguez said the country with the largest jump in applications for refugees is El Salvador. Applicants from the small Central American nation increased by nearly 500 percent during the last five years, from 52 in 2010 to 307 in 2014. The rise showed no signs of waning either, Rodríguez said. Already in the first five months of 2015 the Immigration Administration has received 232 applications from Salvadorans.Public Security Vice Minister Carmen Muñoz told The Tico Times that the profile of the average refugee has also changed as the everyday cost of violence in countries like El Salvador and Honduras mounts on civilians.“The previous profile was someone fleeing because of persecution over their political opinions, but now the causes originate in organized and common crime,” Muñoz said.The vice minister said that she has seen cases of mothers from these countries applying for refugee status because their children are targeted for recruitment by the maras, or gangs, that dominate drug- trafficking, extortion and murder for hire in the Northern Triangle.But Costa Rica’s refugee system, long one of Latin America’s most welcoming, effectively shut its doors to applicants in 2014. Muñoz said in the year before October 2014, applications were arriving at a rate of 100 per month. None were accepted.Muñoz said that the previous administration was concerned that Costa Rica’s refugee system had become a fast pass for migrants seeking legal status. Costa Rica allows refugee applicants to reside in Costa Rica while their case is reviewed. She also said that there had been cases uncovered where organized crime used asylum protections to place their members in the country under the guise of refugees.The vice minister said that since then the government has been taking steps to revitalize the stagnated process and reclaim Costa Rica’s mantle as an accepting country for those in danger back home.While the biggest jumps in applications came from El Salvador and Honduras, the vast majority of the refugees in Costa Rica — 76 percent — are from Colombia. Following Colombians are Cubans (8 percent) and Venezuelans (3 percent).Colombians like Sandra Pino came to Costa Rica fleeing the continent’s longest-lasting war, which started in 1964.Pino arrived in Costa Rica in 2006 with her 6-year-old son fleeing intimidation related to her work as a union organizer in Colombia. After she was granted refugee status, Pino worked different jobs before she was able to start her own business selling Colombian goods with assistance from the Costa Rican government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.She told The Tico Times that she was attracted to Costa Rica for its peaceful history, lack of an army, and the commonalities between Colombian and Costa Rican culture.After nine years here, Pino said that she feels like a Tica: “Yes, of course. I’ve got a Tico son and everything,” she said, referring to her second child born here.“It’s difficult to have to leave your country, but thank God I ended up in a country like this,” she said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more