Demanding locked out users to pay up to £300, the WannaCry cyber-attack has infected over 200,000 computers worldwide. The attack made global news with the likes of the UK National Health Service, FedEx, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Russia all being heavily affected.
Read on to find out how to protect against WannaCry and other ransomware attacks.
Do not use your machine if it is still running Windows XP
Before the WannaCry attacks, Microsoft had stopped releasing security patches for Windows XP devices. The last update that came out was over three years ago in April 2014 making machines running Windows XP extremely vulnerable. Microsoft has since backtracked and released a security patch for Windows XP machines to help deal with the WannaCry attacks. Security experts are recommending that if you are still using the Windows XP operating system to update to a newer OS immediately.
Make sure your machine is updated
Even if you’re running a newer operating system than XP, it’s crucial that you keep your machine up to date. WannaCry will still affect computers with later versions of Windows that are not up to date with security patches.
Always be aware of phishing attacks and do not click external links in emails and messages
Be extra vigilant when checking and reading emails. While it’s not the only way the malicious software can infect your machine, it’s the most popular way. Phishing attacks are usually emails that try to trick you into clicking links and downloading viruses. If it looks dodgy, then it more than likely is.
Clicking external links in emails is one of the most common mistakes people makes. You should always have the utmost caution when you receive an email containing an external link even if the email is from someone you know.
Keep a regular backup of your data
Keeping a regular backup of your data is more important than ever. Can you afford to lose months or even years of data and risk not getting it back? Keep a regular backup of your data externally and set time aside each week to make sure you have the latest version of your data stored.
Note: WannaCry is also known as WannCrypt, WanaCrypt0r, and Wanna Decryptor.
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