What is WannaCry ransomware attack and to how to protect yourself

Security organizations said a ransomware worm called “WannaCry” affected around 70,000 PC frameworks in 99 nations on Friday, with Russia, Ukraine, and Taiwan being the top targets.

What is WannaCry ransomeware?

It’s a malicious software that infects machines, locks them by encrypting data and then extorts money in form of Bitcoins to let users back in.

What can you do to prevent infection?

According to Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center, here are the steps you should take to protect yourself against ransomware:

  • Install and use an up-to-date antivirus solution (such as Microsoft Security Essentials)
  • Make sure your software is up-to-date
  • Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments or emails from people you don’t know or companies you don’t do business with
  • Ensure you have smart screen (in Internet Explorer) turned on, which helps identify reported phishing and malware websites and helps you make informed decisions about downloads
  • Have a pop-up blocker running on your web browser
  • Regularly backup your important files

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