It started in Spain’s largest telecom and quickly spread to affect at least 16 hospitals in England's National Health Service, locking doctors and nurses out of patient records and forcing the cancellation of surgeries. It went on to cripple French car maker Renault, as well as Germany's rail network Deutsche Bahn and many Russian and Chinese private and public institutions, including Russia's interior ministry. It was the largest cyber attack in internet history, with more than 45,000 recorded attacks in 74 countries. The ransomware known as “WannaCrypt,” or “WannaCry,” was shut down before it could do much damage in the United States, but it served as a stark reminder of the importance of protecting electronic data. Ransomware is a type of computer virus that essentially holds a computer – and all of its data – hostage until the owner pays to have it released. Although there is no single way to protect your computer and data 100%, there are things you can do to lower the risk of cyber attack.
Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date.
Update Windows to the most recent version.
Don’t open emails from unknown senders, especially if they include attached documents or links.
Back up your data online and offline regularly.
Check names carefully; fraudulent emails make use of misspellings such as PayePal instead of PayPal.
Use a disk encryption tool that password protects your files.
Don’t automatically give apps permission to access things like location tracking, address book and other functions. Consider what permissions are really necessary before clicking “allow.”
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