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Title: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Ransomware Hackers

5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Ransomware
An online extortion attack where authorities
swept 150 nations this weekend is a part of
growing problem of 'ransomware' scams. The virus
locks people out of their files and demands to
pay the hackers to restore access. At the start,
hackers lure the users to click on affected email
links, e-attachments or take benefit of outdated
systems which get vulnerable.
Some Highlights Extortion attack has hit
businesses and hospitals in about 150 nations
Virus locked people out of their files and
demands a ransom to get an access The virus has
spread to computer devices worldwide  Security
blogger Lawrence Abrams share five tips to
protect against WannaCry
Below are the 5 tips to make you a less-likely
victim 1. A safe and secure backup is a
must Once your files are corrupt, the only option
remains is Recovery from backups. 'Unfortunately
, many people don't keep backups! Backups go out
of date and miss critical information. With this
attack, it is recommended to try to recover the
'shadow volume' copies which is present in some
versions of Windows. Some ransomware targets
backup files, as well. The solution is that have
multiple backups to both cloud services and
physical disk drives, at certain intervals.
2. Keep your system updated The latest ransomware
is successful due to combination of
factors. These includes a known and dangerous
security hole in MS Windows. The users who didn't
apply Microsoft's March software fix, and malware
were designed to spread quickly once inside
university, business and government sectors.
Updating software help you mostly against
vulnerabilities. Presently, people are realising
the importance of applying these patches. In
remaining updated, and having the device patched,
next attack wont be much damaging, but quite
less. But there are several computers out there
and some people yet wont think that their
computer must be patched.  The WANNACRY Menace
Latest developments - The attack continued to
spread as workers booted computers - The
extortion scheme now hit 150 countries including
US, Russia, Britain, China, Germany and France -
The initial attack, viz. WannaCry, paralysed NHS
computers, Germany's national railway and many
other companies and government offices. - British
IT expert Marcus Hutchins, discovered a 'kill
switch' against the cyber attack, which prevented
over 100,000 computers across the globe from
getting infected.
- A hacking group leaked the tools online after
successfully accessing NSA cyberware files - MS
says that the spy agencies must disclose more of
their potential exploits to developers to avoid
future attacks - And the company has repeated
calls for an international 'digital convention'
to validate the risk and impact of cyber weapons  
3. Antivirus software is an option Using
antivirus software will definitely protect your
device from the basic, familiar viruses by taking
a scan of your system against their
'fingerprints'. The terrible and the low end
criminals take advantage of less-tech savvy users
with the viruses, and to mention, malware is
frequently changing and antivirus is constantly
days behind to detect it.
4. Educate people Basic protocol like emphasising
that workers mustn't click on questionable links
or open suspicious attachments could save
unnecessary pain. Here comes the extra role of
System administrators who can ensure that
employees don't get unnecessary access to network
parts that aren't essential to their work. This
helps in limiting the spread of ransomware if
hackers get into the system.  Security experts at
many organisations don't install security
upgrades because they're worry about triggering
bugs, or they cannot afford the downtime. This
negligence makes them vulnerable to the cyber
5. If hit, don't 'wait and watch Some
organisations disconnect devices as a
precautionary measure. To shut down a network can
avoid the continued encryption and loss of more
files. Hackers here at times encourage you to
keep your computer on and keep linked to the
network, but don't be fooled. If you're facing a
ransom demand and you get locked out of your
files, cyber security and law enforcement experts
discourage paying ransoms as it pays incentives
to hackers and money for their future attacks.
There's no guarantee that all the files will be
restored. Many organisations which dont have
updated backups might decide that recovery of
access to critical files, like customer data, and
to avoid public criticism is worth the price. But
the solution is simple Never pay
ransom. Security blogger Lawrence Abrams says
that if its like you've lost all your children's
photos or you've lost all your data or you lost
your thesis, sometimes 300 is worth it, as well.
Now we conclude. We hope this article is helpful
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