Technology , Virus

How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware

The Big Issue: Ransomware

With the wanna cry ransomware outbreak this week and many people vulnerable to the attack  many people are very paranoid in using their computer fearing they might get infected as well. Not to worry though here are some steps you can take in order to protect yourself:

Step 1: Install Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware

Ransomware

Install a good anti-virus and anti malware  software on you computer . You don’t have to break the bank to have a good anti-virus and anti – malware software there are many out there that are free to use such as Sophos home and Malware bytes . Having one install can mostly likely stop the virus or block before it runs but that all depends on the virus off coarse . Both Sophos and Malware byte integrate with your browser and filter the web-pages blocking any websites that might contain viruses or malicious javascript  .

Step 2 :  Stop Clicking Suspicious links

Stop opening suspicious links  or attachment sent to you by email or instant messages . Think about for a bit do you really order something from UPS/DHL etc that they need you to check it out via email ? Hackers are sending these emails that try to convince users to open suspicious attachments that contain the virus . Don’t be stupid think twice before opening any email attachment especially if its from some random person you don’t even know .

Step 3 : Upgrade your system

Install the latest updates for your system and consider upgrading your system . Most of the users affected by the Wannacry ransomware are people using outdated operating systems such as windows XP and windows 7 which Microsoft has stopped rolling out updates a while ago . Since the attack Microsoft was forced to release patches for the Operating Systems to stop the virus from spreading . Its quite logical that many companies might still use older operating systems because of driver issues with older hardware which still work and there is no need to change them , if that is the case then proper network security should take place that will prevent a virus from spreading if the older system does manage to be infected.

Step 4 : Switch to Linux

I can not stress how much more secure Linux is and how stable it is . Sure there are viruses out there for Linux and Mac but they are much less in comparison to Windows Os and for good reason , since the user base is much smaller . Linux might not be for everyone but there is a Linux Distribution out there that can fit the needs of any individual be it playing games, composing music , running a server etc.

 

 

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