There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the WannaCry ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts and blocks access to data on a computer until an amount of money is paid. One of the most significant aspects of this latest attack is that it could easily have been avoided because a patch for this vulnerability was issued by Microsoft months ago.
How can you protect yourself against this and other threats? By following the three steps listed below, you can greatly minimize any losses due to these types of attacks.
- Patch – Make sure your computers, mobile devices, and other internet-connected devices are patched with the currently available updates. Using automatic updates, wherever possible, is the best way to accomplish this.
- Backups – Make sure you have a current backup of your important documents. Also, make sure your backup is on a media that is not connected to your computer.
- Phishing – Be vigilant with any email, even if it is from a known source. Links and attachments are the preferred method criminals use to infect computers.