WannaCry Ransomware Virus
We all have probably now heard about the recent outbreak of the infamous WannaCry Ransomware Virus. Kinda like the zombie virus outbreak but for the older Windows OS.
The virus spreaded around the world infecting over 100,000 computers in over 100+ countries that included large companies like FedEx, Telefonica and UK hospitals.
The WannaCry Ransomware Virus basically attacks the older computers that are still running Windows XP and encrypts every file on the computer demanding a fee of $300 in bitcoins to get access to the key which can decrypts the files again.
Delay in payment leads to double the amount of fee asked for the key and failure to pay locks down your computer and all the files, denying you to get any access to it ever.
The security updates for Windows XP stopped back in BC and never had any further updates but there are many people and businesses still running Windows XP and never updated their computers to the newer Windows.
Because of this massive outbreaks leaving many computers locked down Microsoft had to released a security patch for the Windows XP as an emergency to protect users who are not yet infected with the virus and still running Windows XP however the XP users should not expect any further updates from Microsoft.
Basically when a computer is infected with the WannaCry Ransomware Virus ,the virus automatically patches the security exploit for it so that no other viruses can infect the computer and get control over it or gain access to it in order to stop the WannaCry virus.
Also once the computer is affected with this virus it can take control of the whole local area network and infect other computers as well.
HOW TO STOP IT?
UPDATE AND HAVE AN ANTI-VIRUS INSTALLED
All the white hat hackers are trying hard to find a solution to fight against this virus but other than that the most easy way to stay safe from this virus is to make sure you upgrade your computer to the latest Windows OS with the latest security patches.
Also make sure you have Anti-Virus installed on your PC.
Often people neglect to update their OS with the latest security and other system updates of-course i know it’s annoying because you have to sit their on the start up screen watching Windows take forever to update.
But it is very important that you keep your PC updated with the latest security patches avoiding getting infected with these kind of viruses.
You need to make sure also you don’t download any software form unknown sites or click on links that you have no idea where they lead. A simple mistake can cause you alot of issues with your Computer.
Avoid keeping all your eggs in one basket.
This is very important, make sure you have a back up of all your files. Many times the virus can ruin your hard drive which can result to a loss of all your data.
This could even help incase you got affected with such horrifying viruses because you don’t have to worry about getting your files encrypted or deleted, you know you already have a back up of it either on a cloud storage (it’s actually safest and the best thing) or an external hard drive.
Windows XP has many vulnerabilities and you should not really still be using it even if you do, don’t keep your important files and data on it. I remember when i had my virtual machine which had Windows XP installed to it, i could gain access to it from kali linux within a minute without needing to send anything to it or do anything to it.
So i would really advice you to keep your OS updated with the latest security patches not only Windows but also Linux and MAC OS.
This was a little post where i wanted to talk about the WannaCry Ransomware virus , if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments below.