You may have heard about the recent “WannaCry” or “WannaCrypt” ransomware attacks that have affected many organizations’ computers worldwide. If infected, a computer will require a wipe, and all data will be lost. Some fixes for the vulnerability have been released, so here are some tips on making sure your data is protected:
- If you haven’t updated your computer recently, make sure you update as soon as possible.
- If you have an older version of Windows that is no longer supported (such as XP or Vista), install the emergency patch recently released by Microsoft here: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598
- Windows 10 and other operating systems are not affected by the current attack, but it’s still a good idea to keep your computer up to date with the latest security patches.
- Keep your antivirus software updated. It should already be setup to update automatically, but it never hurts to check.
- Backup your data to Google Drive or another location not on your computer. This will save your data in the case of an attack or another issue, like hardware failure or accidental deletion.
- As always, be aware of suspicious email attachments, websites, and downloads. Verify the sender or URL you receive any files from.
- If you think your computer has been exposed to the attack, please contact us!
As we move through these attacks, know that the team at Beehively is here to support you. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are more than happy to check your computer and assist you with any cleanup that might be necessary.
The Beehively Team