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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How Can I Protect Myself From Ransomware?

Updated: May 20, 2021

I’m sure you have read about the massive virus attack that has infected over 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries over the past few days. If not, let me update you. This vicious attack occurred Friday and came in the form of ransomware code-named “WannaCry” that targeted Windows computers and infected everything from government computers, FedEx offices in the US, and hospitals in the U.K. Ransomware is one of the worst types of viruses because it encrypts or locks files on a computer or a network of computers. making it impossible for the user to gain access to them. The owner of the computer or device will get a ransom note demanding money to gain access to the files. In most cases, paying the ransom will not get you access to your files. Ransomware attacks will increase in the months to come, but there are a few simple ways to avoid being the next ransomware victim:

1. Update your tech. It doesn’t matter what type of device you use, make sure it’s up to date. Many of you think you’re immune from these types of attacks because you’re not using a Windows device. Even though this attack was designed to infect Windows computers, it does not mean you’re immune. Verify automatic updates is enabled on your device. Also, make sure you’re running the latest Operating System for your device. Cybercriminals will target older technology because they know the manufacturer no longer provides security updates for these devices.