Things You Should Know about Wanna Cry Virus
A new virus known as “WannaCry” started to infect computers across the globe, but many people did not catch on the news until they started to work after spending a nice weekend. The malware by now has infected more than 200,000 systems at hospitals, banks and more in over 150 countries all over the world.
What is WannaCry?
WannaCry is a devastating trojan virus named “ransomware”. The scary holds’ infected computer hostage and demands corporations and individuals to pay a ransom to regain access to files or risk their data being erased forever. However, the malicious ransomware is far from over, security officials said a second-wave of the virus is going to attack more computers.
The ransom ware nearly covers all important file types on a computer, encrypting them one by one with a very complicated algorithm. You won’t be able to open the encrypted files by any means and the only way to gain access to your files is to get a decryption key by paying a huge amount of money in bitcoins to the attacker.
How to Protect Yourself from WannaCry?
No matter what system you are running, our team from EnlargeSecurity suggests that the first thing you should do is to install and update all security updates at once. Windows users that run Windows XP, Windows 7, Window 8, Windows 10 may install the latest security update released by Microsoft on Friday. Mac OSX hasn’t been infected by now. Users could also download patch released by anti-virus softwares to protect your computers.
Backing up is always a rule of thumb. It is advised that you backup your system and files as frequently as you can. In this way, you can have access to your precious data even your computer is attacked.
Clear Suspicious Emails and Websites
If you find some suspicious and strange emails or websites, clear them completely from your computer. Do not open emails with suspicious attachments.
What to do If Your Computer is Infected?
Unfortunately, there is no working fix for WannaCry currently. However, EnlargeSecurity advises you to remove the ransomware as soon as possible. You could follow a guide or ask a professional for help. Though it will not restore your files to your computer in this way, the hackers cannot promise all the files will be intact even if they send you a decryption key. Cyber security expert said paying the ransom does not always work. What’s worse, they may vanish right after you pay the ransom.
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- Arlene Kerley