By now you have heard about the WannaCry Ransomware outbreak that is attacking computers across the globe. It is a dangerous malware that encrypts most or all data on Windows computers. WannaCry demands payment via bitcoin at the time of infection. If you do not pay within 3 days, the price doubles and after 7 days it will delete all the encrypted data.
Since it is still affecting computers across the globe, we want to share how you can protect your data. Right now, we know that it’s attacking windows desktop and server operating systems. Legacy systems such as XP and Server 2003 are at extreme risk in particular versions that have limited support by Microsoft. In this case, Microsoft has issued patches for older versions.
What can you do if you are at risk?
- Be very cautious of emails with attachments from an unknown source. Do not download or open it.
- Make sure the latest security patches are installed, but if you can, upgrade to the newest version of Windows to ensure optimal support and security.
- Make sure you have an up to date security suite
- Invest in cloud storage to keep backups of your data if you haven’t already done so.
- Make sure your computer has a properly configured VPN.
- Make sure you are using secure passwords for your online accounts.
WannaCry is not the first ransomware to wreak havoc and it will not be the last. Following these safety measures will help minimize your computer’s vulnerabilities especially if you run a organization with multiple workstations. If you do not have all the preventative measures in place, give us all call at 301-987-8950 or fill out the form below to talk with one of our technical specialists.
Your security is our top priority.
- Posted by GURU
- On May 22, 2017
- 0 Comments