Avast, a market leader in digital security and privacy, today introduces a new ransomware shield for companies, giving businesses an additional layer of defense against ransomware assaults. This will guarantee that organizations can secure their most vital documents and, most importantly, client data, with proactive protection that bars illegal access. As part of the Avast Essential, Premium, and Ultimate Business Security packages for businesses using Windows and MacOS, the new feature is now accessible and free of charge. 

Filip Hlinka, VP of Product, Avast Business, stated that “Small businesses are facing a growing threat from ransomware, with cybercriminals increasingly targeting smaller organizations to encrypt crucial business data and disrupt operations. The results can be devastating for small businesses that lack the financial and technical resources to rebound from such attacks. Avast’s antivirus has always offered consumers and business users powerful protection against cyber threats including ransomware, and Ransomware Shield offers a purpose-built, additional layer of protection which helps to secure businesses’ most crucial files against these highly damaging attacks.” 

While Web Shield, File Shield, and Behavior Shield, which are currently available to Avast clients, provide ransomware protection, Ransomware Shield complements these features to offer multi-layered security, guaranteeing businesses can continue to access their systems and data without interruption. For Ransomware Shield to function, files and folders must be protected from being changed, destroyed, or encrypted by unidentified apps. The most sensitive and vital information held by businesses is further protected by the ability of users to decide which programs have access to their files. Moreover, users have the option to modify the policy’s list of protected files and folders in the Avast Business Hub, where the new feature is immediately enabled by default. 

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