Ransomware is a nasty form of malware that will encrypt all of your personal data (photos, documents, spreadsheets, etc.) and then demand a ransom to get it back. If you do not have a backup of your data then your data will most likely be unrecoverable and is lost forever. You can of course pay the ransom but there is no guarantee that the hackers will actually honor the agreement. Ransoms usually start at $500 but have been as high as $17K in the case of a hospital that was hacked. In order to stop this kind of malware attack, Microsoft has included a new feature in it’s latest “fall creators update”. The controlled folder access feature has been added to the built in Windows Defender Anti Virus software. It will prevent any program from changing your files without first prompting for your permission. We would highly recommend you enable this feature once you have gotten the update. This short video will show you how you can do that.