What is Ransomware and how can you protect yourself?

This month has witnessed the largest cyber-attack in history. More than 200000 devices, running earlier versions Microsoft’s Windows, from around the world have been infected by Wannacry Ransomware. So, what is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a virus that takes control of your personal files, encrypting them, and demanding money in return for the decryption key. Basically, you would be switching on your computer to see a pop-up message demanding money.

So how can we protect ourselves? After researching what various security firms have published, here are 5 things you can do to ensure you protect yourself from Ransomware:

  1. ALWAYS download the latest software updates available, once they are available.
  2. Make sure to regularly backup your files. As long as you have copies, then you wouldn’t really care that your main files got encrypted.
  3. Your backup HDD shouldn’t be at all times connected to your PC/Laptop.
  4. If you’re backing up to the cloud, make sure the applications (Dropbox,onedriveetc…) are not always open. Only access the applications when in need of them, or when backing up.
  5. Avoid downloading files from people you don’t know

If you would like to learn more, I have found the following article very helpful.

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Published by Mohamad Abdallah

Passionate about digital innovation and technology. Gamer.

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