The security experts have warned of extortion viruses, which are known as ransomware. The malicious code WannaCry at the end of last week showed us, how really dangerous these uninvited visitors can be.
Here you can find some easy tips how to protect (or decrease the risk of being infected) your computer and your data against ransomware.
- Don’t open e-mail attachments from unknown and suspicious senders. It is this way that blackmail viruses get to the PC most often.
- Update your operating system regularly. Extortionary virus can infiltrate your computer even through a security crack in an operating system or other program.
- It is also necessary to regularly update the antivirus program or other security applications.
- Unsupported programs and operating systems is Increased risk. The threat of infection, for example, in Windows XP is many times higher than in recent versions of this operating system.
- Backup your data regularly. In case your computer will be infected, it’s easy to reinstall it and load your fresh backup. The media or external drives on which the backup data will be stored should not be permanently connected to the PC.
Updated 15.5.2017, 12:40 :
- If you use Windows, install the patch that Microsoft has released to block the specific exploit that the WannaCry ransomware is using. You can find instructions on this page in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. You can also directly download the patches for your OS from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
- If you are using an unsupported version of Windows like Windows XP, Windows 2008 or Server 2003, you can get the patches for your unsupported OS from the Update Catalog. We do recommend that you update to a supported version of Windows as soon as possible.
Forward this information to your coleagues and friends:
Due to worldwide virus attack I would like to remind the classical security rules for E-mails:
· Do I know the sender?
· Does the subject make sense?
· Do I expect an attachment or a link?
In general: Never open any attached documents or links within a ‘suspicious’ email!