The consequences of antivirus missing a zero-day ransomware attack are dire enough that many individuals and businesses are choosing to add a separate ransomware protection app. Some such apps work by preventing unauthorized changes to protected folders, while others apply behavioral analysis to detect encrypting ransomware. NeuShield Data Sentinel makes no attempt to detect ransomware—instead it focuses on reversing the effects of a ransomware attack. In testing, it did a fine job, though it does have some limitations.
Quite a few ransomware protection tools come from enterprise security companies that decided to do the world a service by offering just their ransomware component as a freebie for consumers. And quite a few of those are falling by the wayside, as companies find that the free product eats up support resources. For example, CyberSight RansomStopper is no longer with us, and Cybereason RansomFree has likewise been discontinued. Data Sentinel is NeuShield's primary product, by contrast.
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