An unprecedented piece of malware called “WannaCry” started spreading through Europe late last week. So far it has spread to over 57,000 computers. Here is everything you need to know.
What is it?
WannaCry is ransomware that will encrypt the contents of your computer and will hold your data ransom. The victim pays a ransom of anywhere between $300 and $600 in bitcoins, per machine. WannaCry also has the ability to spread to all machines on the same network as the infected computer.
How do I protect myself?
Installing all available security updates is an important first step. Windows Updates and Antivirus Software Updates are vital. This is particularly true of users on XP, Vista, Windows 8 or Server 2003. These Operating Systems are no longer supported, but Microsoft has released emergency updates to counter this malware.
A current, off-site, backup of your files is the best defense, as there is no “fix” for WannaCry at this time.
Be careful what links you click on, what emails you open and what attachments you download. This isn’t the first malware of this type, and it won’t be the last. Keeping your computer updated and being cautious about what you click on is the best way to prevent any such infection.
If you need help ensuring your computer is up to date, give us a call. We can help you with this remotely. Our 24/7 Maintenance Plan Customers will have the updates pushed through automatically.
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