Ransomware WannaCry Virus: How To Protect Data

The Ransomware WannaCry virus is  spreading rapidly throughout the world!  This post is written to guide you on how to protect your personal data being infected by WannaCry. It is useful for both infected and non-infected users.

 

WannaCry

 

On May 12, 2017, the new Ransomware virus called WannaCry, attacked and spread rapidly around the world. It lock down the access to your computer and encrypts your data. And then, it requires the decryption key with a payment  which is increasing over time.

 

It has now hit thousands of Windows computers in several countries, including Britain, The United States, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, etc. and the victims are increasing. Maybe it’s you next!  In view of this, on this post we are going to talk about how to avoid Wanna Cry infection and protect your data for users that is kept safe.

 

How to stop Wanna Cry and protect your data

If you are lucky not to be affected by Wanna Cry virus and your files still remain secure so far. Here are some helpful tips to help you protect your PC and your data from the Ransomware virus attack. We hope it is useful and Will be helpful to certain extend.

 

 Back up your data to hard disk regularly

Wanna Cry uses a protocol called Server Message Block (SMB) that Windows uses to connect machines to file systems over a network, this fact puts companies at greater risk than personal users! So, be careful! Make backup  is the best way to protect important data.

 

Install the latest security patches MS17-010

MS17-010 Update: 

Https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx

MS17-010 is available to: 

Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2,

And for Windows 2003 and XP, since there is no official security update, we recommend upgrading to Windows 10 or any other patched version MS17-010.

 

 Close ports 445, 135, 137, 138, 139

Wanna Cry is infecting from machine to machine through the network port of the Windows operating system like 445, 135, 137, 138, 139 running high risk and network sharing. Therefore to avoid Wanna Cry viruses, we recommend that you close ports 445, 135, 137, 138, and 139 by the Windows Firewall.

 

Install the latest Windows Defender antivirus

Microsoft released a Windows Defender update that detects Wanna Cry as Ransom: Win32 / WannaCrypt, so install the latest version of this antivirus, enable and run it to detect this ransomware.

 

 Do not open email attachments or click on links from unknown source

Avoid opening emails with suspicious attachments that appear to alert you to legal fees, claims or similar. Do not open messages or attachments from unknown senders.

 

 

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