Windows 7 is way more exposed to ransomware than Windows 10

Microsoft

If you want to escape the clutches of ransomware, the best thing you can do is install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft says there’s been a 400 percent rise in ransomware encounters affecting Windows since 2015, but older versions of Windows are more exposed to it and more prone to actual infection after an encounter. Microsoft says it has “made Windows 10 Anniversary Update the most secure Windows ever”.

Devices on Windows 10 are 58 percent less likely to run into ransomware than Windows 7, Microsoft argues in a new white paper detailing in-built defenses against the extortion-ware.

Ransomware arrives either through email or the browser, both of which Microsoft has battened down in Windows 10.

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