World’s Hit by Wanna Cry Ransomware Virus, Let’s Talk About Precautions…

Virus has always been a great threat, in terms of handling and breaking its flow. The more powerful it is, the more adverse effect it has. The news of Ransomware attack has disturbed the whole globe.

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Talking about India, it stands to be one of the worst hit nation. Well, for those who ponder upon what’s this all about, it is a kind of malicious software that as its name implies takes a computer hostage and holds it for ransom. The malware locks down the target machine, encrypting its data and preventing the owner from accessing it until the owner agrees to pay the demanded amount. As of now the unidentified attackers are asking for $300 in Bitcoins. Now that numerous messages are passed on through Social Media platforms, let’s beware of that even. So here are few steps to prevent your PC from the virus.

Backups!

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You need to create a backup of your most important files, either by downloading them to an external hard drive or by storing them in a cloud based storage service.

Password Manager

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Make use of a password manager to create and keep track of unique, hard to break passwords for each of your devices.

Check Up Time

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At your work place, check with your IT administrator to make sure your organization’s devices are protected from WannaCry.

Work with Caution

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Don’t fall prey to plugins or extensions. Treat unexpected emails with caution, don’t visit links without actual authenticity. This stands to be one of the most common types of social engineering attacks used by attackers.

Targeting High Business Profiles

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The criminals have worked out how to monetize the crime, and they know which types of businesses will pay up. They have created numerous barriers and ways by which it is getting hard to stop them and catch these attackers.

Individual Commitment

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Make sure your device’s software is up to date. Updates often contains lots of patches that fix bugs and close security loopholes.

Ransomware has infected more than 230,000 computers worldwide, particularly those running Windows XP.  Apple computers appear not to be affected by this virus as of now. Its rapid growth is being driven by the low risk to attackers and good financial returns. All we need to do is stay ahead of the game. Be safe and take precautions!

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Tony Thomas

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