Safeguarding You from Cyberattacks
In recent days, a virus has attacked computer systems all over the globe, crippling over 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries. Although the attacks were most prevalent overseas, the threat to computers in the U.S. is still strong.
The virus is a type of ransomware, which locks people out of their computer files until they pay a ransom to hackers. This particular virus, called WannaCry, is of special concern because it targets hospitals and healthcare facilities around the world.
How We Protect Your Data
At The Ghosh Center, our commitment to protecting your safety includes securing your data. We had already installed the patch that protects against the virus and were not affected by the hack. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and stay on top of security precautions.
How You Can Protect Yourself
The virus uses a weakness in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to infect computers. On Friday, Microsoft took the unusual step of providing a security update to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support, including Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. Thus far, customers running Windows 10 have not been targeted by the attack.
Concerned whether you’re at risk? Read this special report to see if you’re affected and what you can do. The article recommends that individuals and small businesses:
Run Windows Update to get the latest software updates.
Make sure any anti-virus product is up to date and scan your computer for any malicious programs. It's also worth setting up regular auto-scans.
Back up important data on your computer in case it gets held for ransom.