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Effective Way to Protect from WannaCry Ransomware Virus - Easy Tips
There's a Massive Ransomware Attack Spreading Globally Right Now (Biggest ransomware attack in history, Using NSA-Leaked Tools)

A ransomware attack is quickly spreading across the globe rendering vital systems inaccessible.

What is ransomware?
Malicious software that locks a device, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone and then demands a ransom to unlock it

Where did ransomware originate?
The first documented case appeared in 2005 in the United States, but quickly spread around the world

How does it affect a computer?
The software is normally contained within an attachment to an email that masquerades as something innocent. Once opened it encrypts the hard drive, making it impossible to access or retrieve anything stored on there – such as photographs, documents or music.

How can you protect yourself?
Anti-virus software can protect your machine, although cyber criminals are constantly working on new ways to override such protection

How much are victims expected to pay?
The ransom demanded varies. Victims of a 2014 attack in the UK were charged £500. However, there’s no guarantee that paying will get your data back.

Don’t WannaCry? 5 easy tips to protect yourself from ransomware 
  1. Patch - Security experts advise to install the Microsoft fix—MS17-010—right away. Following the installation, make sure to reboot the system.
    The patch that closes the backdoor used by WannaCry to penetrate the system was released by Microsoft on March 14 – apparently shortly after the NSA became aware that its exploit has been stolen, and roughly a month before the Shadow Brokers hacking group exposed it to the world.
    In general, patching your system and installing regular Microsoft updates should secure an average PC user from unwanted vulnerabilities.

  2. Beware - Just as with many other ransomware, the virus can penetrate the system not only through a Windows vulnerability, but also through the “spray-‘n’-pray” phishing attack, which involves spamming users with emails that carry a malicious attachment. The attackers can also lure a victim to click on a URL where malware will be ready to crawl into your machine.
    Because ransomware targets everyday Internet users, businesses and public service providers, any individuals or organizations that needs continuous access to its systems should be especially careful what sites they visit and which attachments they open up.

  3. Backup - It is highly advised, in order to protect yourself from being held hostage to data thieves, to create secure backups of important data on a regular basis. Simply backing up is not enough though, as physically disconnecting the storage device is required to avoid it being infected with ransomware as well. Cloud storage is another option to use, but it makes your data vulnerable to all other kinds of attacks.

  4. Don’t pay ransom! - This one is quite simple – there’s no guarantee that victims will get their data back even if they caught up cash cyber crooks demand from them. Plus there is no guarantee that the attackers won’t strike you again or demand more.

  5. Install antivirus (at least a trial version) - Make use of your antivirus software’s ransomware removal tool, which should scan for and wipe out any ransomware attempts found on your computer.

How to Protect Yourself From the Vulnerability

According to Microsoft a fix for this vulnerability was released on March 14th for all affected versions of Windows. If you are running Windows and have automatic updates enabled you should be okay. If you don’t and haven’t updated recently you should update to the most recently released version immediately. It is important to note that unsupported versions of Windows, like XP, did not receive this security update. Those systems should either be isolated or shut down.

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Please pass this along to your friends and family. Those that are less technical may not have updates auto-enabled, and may need a helping hand updating their operating system.

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