WannaCry Ransomware – What is it?

Whenever you get the opportunity to update your operating system, please do it. You may be uncomfortable with the updates applied at first, but at least you reduce the risk of being bamboozled for money by your own computer. Also backup, backup and then backup

Recently there was a huge ransomware attack. This specific attack has been nicknamed “WannaCry” by media outlets, and it affected computers all over the world demanding money from their users, who had no guarantee that they could keep their own files even if they paid the ransom.

Don’t pay the ransom if your computer is infected. You most likely will end up screwed out of both your money and your computer files if you pay the ransom!

So, why were so many organization attacked successfully in the first place? Outdated software.

Operating system updates are important for many reasons, including improved security. However, a company or individual that really likes the look and feel of Windows 7, may not see the point of updating their systems. Businesses and individuals may also decide to not update their operating systems if they feel that it will take up too much time or be too costly. Here’s a list of at-risk Windows operating systems:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows 8

If you are running any of these operating systems, you should check and make sure that you have all of the available security updates for your system installed. And if you do get infected with this ransomware, do not pay the fee, there are currently no known cases of users who paid the WannaCry fee getting their files back. If you do get infected you may get lucky and a malware program will help. Most likely you will need to restore a backup taken before the infection. Both of these services can be had by hiring A-1 Computers if you’re not up to the task.

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