How to protect yourself from WannaCry Ransomware virus?

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Do you want to protect yourself from WannaCry Ransomware Attack? If yes, then just follow the below steps to make your computer & network ransomware free.

Keep your backups ready- Ransomware basically locks down your files from access by encrypting them. The victim can decrypt them only when they pay a ransom to the developer or the hacker. But if you keep your data backed up on cloud services and on physical hard drives, then you can use them as an actual copy when some virus locks down the access to critical data.

Keep your system up to date- Those using old Microsoft operating systems like Windows 2005, XP, 2007, 2008, Vista have to make sure that you keep your PCs updated with the latest patches. Regular update of software will take care of most vulnerabilities.

Using Antivirus software- Using a premium antivirus software will protect users from ransomware viruses like Wanna cry.

Training your workforce is necessary-  If you have an organization and want to keep your organization’s database safe and secure from all kinds of cyber-threats, then ensure that you train your workforce on this note. This helps limit the spread of ransomware if hackers do get into your systems. Admins should ensure that they limit employee access based on their designation, work-ability, and daily tasks.

Never pay a ransom- Usually, as soon as ransomware attacks take place, the victims decide to pay the ransom. But this can prove as a terrible move in practical- what if the hackers demand more instead of handing you the decryption key after payment and what if they vanish after the money is transferred to their e-wallets in the form of digital currency like Bitcoins? So, there’s no guarantee that all files will be restored after the ransom payment.

Finally, it’s better to be proactive rather than reactive and keep a backup or business continuity plan on hand.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cyber Security Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security