7 Tips for Preventing “WannaCry” Ransomware Infection
You may have heard a lot about WannaCry ransomware infections that has affected the thousands of businesses, and home users worldwide and chances are you may know someone who has suffered ransomware attack very recently.
In case you are not aware of this variant of ransomware, it is the type of virus that once downloaded on your PC can encrypt all of your files, leaving you will out access to your important file. There is no way to unlock these files except to pay the ransom that ranges from few dollars to few hundred dollars to get the key to unlocking your files from cyber criminals.
If you have not been hit by ransomware very recently then either you have been very lucky, or you have taken some proactive measure to protect your data and files.
In case you do get this infection unless you have got data backup or cyber criminals have made some mistake in encrypting files, you are left with only two options either lose your data or pay ransom amount to them.
Prevention is always better than a cure;
Here are few tips to protect you against “WannaCry” Ransomware infection.
- Always keep your important data and backup. And it is better that you keep your data offsite. Of you don’t know about personal cloud backup solutions, then call us for assistance.
- You must Install Antivirus software on your computer. We recommend our customers to install Antimalware in addition to Antivirus. If you don’t have it installed in your PC, then you must call us and get your PC protected with “WannaCry” ransomware and many other viruses.
- You must disable macros in your office documents as most of the ransomware including “WannaCry” tricks users to enable macros. That helps the virus to rise on your office documents. Microsoft has recently released a patch that prevents you from enabling macros. If you don’t have patched up PC already or don’t know how to do it, you must get help doing it from us.
- Another preventive measure can be to use Microsoft Office viewers allow you to see what your documents look like without macros. As viewers are not compatible with office, there is no chance of enabling macros by mistake.
- Remember, most important best practice is that you should be careful while downloading email attachments from untrusted sources, and even if it is trusted the source you must always be cautious while opening email attachments, and downloading files from websites. It is because most of the ransomware are spread through email attachments.
- You must not always use administrator login on your PC unless necessary. Avoid opening any email attachments or download files from the internet using administrator login.
- Malware always relies on bugs in the software and applications that are not yet patched. When you apply latest security patches in computer your chances of getting infection decreases. Keep your automatic update option enabled, so you don’t have to do it manually. Otherwise, you must always make sure your computer is fully patched up all the times.
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