Business Briefing: What you need to know to keep your company’s data safe
Last week’s release of Wanna Cry, the ransomware that locked up 300,000 computers in 150 countries, will not be the last of its kind. According to a CNET report, the hackers behind the stolen NSA tool that made WannaCry possible have more leaks coming.
In case you missed it, hackers infiltrated vulnerable systems, encrypted data and demanded a ransom of $300 in Bitcoin to unencrypt files. Victims were also warned that the price would double in three days to $600, and after 7 days, the encrypted data would be deleted.
While WannaCry targeted users of Windows, it’s critical for all businesses and entrepreneurs to be vigilant against malware. Here’s what you need to know protect your valuable data:
- Always keep your operating system up to date. Get links for specific Windows patches here.
- Turn on Windows updates if disabled.
- Download and install a good ransomware blocker. According to CNET, two free options are available: Cybereason RansomFree and Malwarebyte Anti-Ransomware.
- Back up your data. Regularly. If your system is attacked and you lose data, you can at least reset with your last backup.
- Educate your employees about clicking on suspicious links.
Be cybersafe, Business Members!