By now, you have probably read the News and are already aware of the Wannacry Ransomware that has been infecting PCs, everything from the NHS to Renault factories in France. Here’s everything we know, what we’ve done, and our advice.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts data on your hard drive, and then asks the user to pay money in order to get the decryption key to unlock their data.
What is ‘Wannacry’?
‘Wannacry’ is the name given to this latest strain of Ransomware. It acts in exactly the same way as other Ransomware does. Once installed, it encrypts your files and asks for a ransom, to the tune of $300 worth of bitcoins, and claims that it will decrypt your files once the ransom is paid.
Am I protected?
This vulnerability was actually patched by Microsoft back in March. If your Windows Operating System is set to automatic updates, and your antivirus is up to date, then you are protected. If you are concerned and you are a supported client, then call us and we can manually check for the update.
“Am I safe?” Checklist!
Follow this checklist to stay safe:
- Ensure your Windows Operating System is up to date. If it isn’t on Automatic Updates, go into Settings -> Update & Security and click Update Now. On anything other than Windows 10, you will need to go to Control Panel -> Windows Updates
- If you are still using Windows XP, we strongly recommend you replace your Operating System to a newer, supported operating system. The latest Microsoft OS is Windows 10.
- Ensure your antivirus is up to date
- The most common way of infections occurring are via links on emails that are pretending to be from somewhere they are not. Be wary of any emails pretending to be from courier companies, banks and government departments, such as the HMRC. If ever in doubt, do not click on any links in the email.
If you are a supported client and you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.