Wanna Cry….. now stop crying and put these 4 simple practices to protect your computer data.

I bet there  are lots of people who want to cry after being hit in the last few days with the WannaCry Ransomware.

If you were one of the ones who didnt get hit by this ransomware because you have good practices in place – well done on your great procedures.

If you are one of the millions who didnt get hit by this ransomware – because you are lucky... then please read on!!!

Whats done is done, and while some will focus on the blame game – “How does microsoft release software that is not “perfect”? Why did the NSA write code that could do such damage if it got into  the wrong hands? Why did hackers make this code public? Etc, etc, etc – Stop now – this is not your priority – change your focus now. We would encourage you to focus on the opportunity and lessons to be learned. i.e. What can I do to protect my business and home computers for the future rather than depending on “Lady Luck”.

A) SAY NO TO RANSOMWARE – Paying ransomware simply makes this type of business lucrative and therefore will happen over and over again . Despite all the hard choices – there is only one acceptable answer DO NOT PAY RANSOMWARE demands. It may appear to be hard for you – but you are not even sure you will get all or any of your data back, if you pay and theres no guarantee that you wont receive another Ransom demand in the future.  BOTTOM LINE IS A TOUGH ONE  but the logic behind this is sound. If people don’t pay – there is no income and this dark “industry” will die.!

B) PUT BEST PRACTICES IN PLACE NOW!

handyweb.ie offer the following quick steps to protection against malware. …..

1) BACKUP YOUR DATA – lots of service available from in house – to cloud – including encryption and AUTOMATE THIS daily. This way you will always be in a position to say NO to ransomware

2) UPDATE YOUR SYSTEMS In the “WannaCry” attack – it was based on Windows vulnerabilities and particular to older versions of windows. If you have current version of windows set it to automatically update and add patches. If you are using older version e.g. XP – ensure you check for all patches issued and install a.s.a.p. This applies to lesser vulnerable systems like Mac and Linux.

3) OPENING EMAILS – Its often easier to rob a company online than it is to rob a bank – literally that is true because you can attempt a million breakins via email at the same time and you only have to be successful with one . So simple rules – don’t open attachments that you are unsure of their source and ensure your firewall and spam filtering is effective. Don’t always assume that the email that purports to come from microsoft.com is from them it could be simply one letter change in the email address that you miss, and don’t give personal passwords and login details to anyone over the phone.

4) ANTIVIRUS AND MALWARE protection. Ensure you have a reliable and secure antivirus and malware protection on your computer. This applies to your home computer as much as work. We have not vested interest but simply advise of one of many choices :- Bitdefender ( just one of many antivirus say they automatically protect from wannacry and similar malware ) and offer a package for all your home computers, tablets and smartphones for less than 40 euros per annum ( https://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html)

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