If you have seen the news lately, both businesses and individuals are having their computer systems locked down or their private information stolen and held for ransom. Either you pay them, or you don’t get any of your information back. They’re calling this the WannaCry virus. Surely, WannaCry Ransomware is the invention of an intelligent hacker with the intention to yield monetary benefits. But whatever the case, we need to protect ourselves so that we will not become the next victim. There are a few ways to try to protect yourself from this sad situation, or at the very least, minimize the effects of a ransomware attack.
Always Back Up Your Data
This is an age-old piece of advice that you’ve been hearing, literally, for decades. If you do not back up on a regular basis, it can present more problems than simply falling victim to the WannaCry virus. Should you get caught by this ransomware attack, a daily backup plan can prevent major losses. Backing up your data each day means that you will only lose what happens in last 24 or so hours.
Use a Firewall That Is Reliable
If the unthinkable happens, and you are infected, in order to stop the virus from spreading to other devices on your network, having a comprehensive firewall in place should help. As with so many things, however, not every firewall is created equally. Reliable firewall services will give your computer a system of protection that is built-in and will block malware and viruses. This could be the prevention you need from offensive websites and malicious material.
Have Antivirus and Spam Protection Programs on Your Computer
Antivirus software (or any similar service for managed IT security protection) will protect certain data such as your emails. These work on the server side to filter suspicious files when mail is either leaving or coming in, and also take spam messages and block them. At the very least, you should have the latest software for antivirus on your computer to protect yourself against the WannaCry virus.
And even with the defense against ransomware that these services offer, you also need to be vigilant and constantly on alert regarding the opening of file attachments. If you don’t know who is sending you something the best practice is not to open it. If you act too quickly and open it by mistake, and it just doesn’t seem right, then under no circumstances should you open the attachment.
Use an Operating System That Is Less Susceptible
If staying on top of things with your OS isn’t something that you are particularly good at, it may behoove you to make an entire shift. Computers operating on Microsoft Windows, particularly the older Vista or XP variance, are more routinely affected by the WannaCry virus. Suitable, desktop alternatives that seem not to be susceptible to this exclusive virus are Linux and Mac OS. It could be time for a change.
Do Your Best To Stay Up-To-Date with Your Operating System
For example, Microsoft offers new service packs constantly. Always try to keep up with the latest offers. By using the latest updates and patches, your operating system will have less chance of being open to software defects and exploits that let viruses like the WannaCry in to infect your computer.
Anexio can assist in the rapid recovery of your valuable data. We can minimize occurrences of ransomware attacks such as the WannaCry and help to prevent data loss, allowing you or your business to more quickly resume operation.