How to Protect your System against Wanna Cry Ransomware

Have you heard about the Wanna Cry Ransomware? Peradventure you have not, we would give you an insight into what it is and how you can protect your system against it. Wanna Cry Ransomware is a type of virus that infect computers, and then prevent the user from accessing the operating system, or encrypts all the data stored on the computer.

WannaCry ransomware attack currently spreading across the globe is one of the largest of such attacks in some time.WannaCry is a dangerous trojan virus that infects Windows computers, encrypting nearly all data in the process. In order to decrypt the files and regain access, WannaCry demands that $300 in bitcoins be paid to an anonymous account. After three days, the $300 ransom increases to $600. After seven days without payment, the computer’s contents are deleted.

A Recent report indicates that there is already a version 2.0 of the said virus.

Who are the people at risk of this virus?

WannaCry ransomware is targeting three versions of Windows in particular:

Windows 8

Windows XP

Windows Server 2003

While things could certainly change, users of other Windows versions should be safe, though now is a great time to open the Windows Update Center and ensure that all of your security updates have been installed.

What you should do if you are at risk?

Your first line of defence is always common sense. This goes for WannaCry and every other malware floating around out there. If you get an email with an attachment from someone you don’t know, do not download or open that attachment. If you get an attachment from someone you do know but it looks odd or sketchy, don’t download or open it.

Once you’ve reminded yourself how to compute responsibly, it’s time to ensure you’ve downloaded and installed the latest security patches available for Windows 8, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003.

Here are further guidelines to keep you safe:

  • Be careful to click on harmful links in your emails.
  • Be wary of visiting unsafe or unreliable sites.
  • Never click on a link that you do not trust on a web page or access to Facebook or messaging applications such as WatSab and other applications.
    If you receive a message from your friend with a link, ask him before opening the link to confirm, (infected machines send random messages with links).
  • Keep your files backed up regularly and periodically.
  • Be aware of fraudulent e-mail messages that use names similar to popular services such as PayePal instead of PayPal or use popular service names without commas or excessive characters.
  • Use anti-virus and Always make have the last update.
  • Make sure your windows have the last update close the gap.

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