In case you have been living under a rock for the past week, you have heard all about the ransomware called WannaCry. This has sparked international press, as this ransomware at this point in time has hit more than 150 countries. This post isn’t about the attack itself – as I said, every news outlet is covering that, so there’s no reason for me to discuss any further regarding that here. This post is about what to do now.
First off, you need to update your software. I know it is certainly not the most exciting thing in the world to do, but it has to be done. I sure hope that this is a wake-up call for all of us. WannaCry is based off of an exploit in Microsoft’s operating system that Microsoft patched back in March of this year – nearly two months ago. For those that have kept up with the operating system updates, they have been perfectly fine. Heck, even Microsoft released updates for older Microsoft versions to make sure your software is up-to-date.
Secondly, and for someone who works in IT, this is a broken record – don’t click on links or attachments from people you do not know. Many ransomware and other types of attacks are caused by someone being careless, AKA user error. It seems that people are just so careless now and clicking on links from people they do not know. It’s almost like back to the time where many people would believe the prince from Nigeria who is definitely going to put $1 million in your checking account.
So, in short: keep your software updated, and be more cautious. Or don’t, and we will end up with this again.
That’s all for now, until next time…keep that tech gear ticking.