Here’s How To Protect Your Computer From The Ransomware Attack….
In the past few days, Ransomware attack has created hype across the nations. It all started on Friday disturbing more than 200,000 organizations in 153 countries, including FedEx and UK’s National Health Service ceasing all the system activities. This cyber attack is sweeping around the globe which has become a havoc giving jitters to everyone. The hackers are termed as “Shadow Brokers” who released many hacking tools which destructed vulnerability in Windows operating system developed by the National Security Agency.
What is Ransomware Attack?
Ransomware is a malicious software program that hits the computer and creates a blockage to the system files until you pay a certain amount of money. Types of ransomware include “WanaCryptor”, “WeCry”,”WanaCrypt “, and WannaCry”. WannaCry is one such piece of malicious software that is treated as a worm around the globe affecting the vulnerability in Windows.
How Ransomware spreads and works?
WannaCry, a form of ransomware highly affects Microsoft’s Windows operating system. It first locks up the files in your computer and then encrypts them halting the access to your computer. Then a pop message displays demanding a ransom for regaining the access to your computer. You will be compelled to pay the payment through bitcoin. If you fail to pay in three days, the hacker will warn you to pay double the ransom asked before and threatens to efface all the files in your computer.
How to protect your computer against the ransomware?
Though you don’t have many options to remove the virus, you can at least protect your computer beforehand sensibly in this way….
- Don’t download any software that tells you it is outdated. If the download is important, then you have to go to the official developer’s site and can download it there.
- Being the latest version, Windows 10 has no vulnerability unlike the previous versions (Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 8) which can defend against the cyber attack by running Windows update on your system by downloading the new patch for windows
- Create regular backups for your computer and store it in safe places such as Google Drive or Microsoft’s SkyDrive
- Do not opt for hard-drives to store your data as there are chances of your data being encrypted by the hackers.
- Update your anti-virus program regularly to protect against all types of malware.
- Be cautious of unknown emails and do not click on any link or attachments that may attack your computer.
- Don’t make any online transactions or operate any bank as all the ATM’S are closed for 2-3 days due to the ransomware attack in India.
- Don’t open any shopping carts for a few days.
- Do not open a video called the “Dance of the Hillary” as it turns out to be a malicious virus that affects your mobile.
- Security experts warned that paying ransom is no good as there is no guarantee of the recovery of the data and files.