Monday, May 15, 2017

Ransomware

My friend has a computer forensics business at the coast. He just posted this piece of advice on the recent ransomware issue. Thanks LW.

Good info from the Interweb... How can I protect myself from Ransomware?
Bottom line: make sure your device's software is up to date. Software updates often contain lots of patches that fix bugs and close security loopholes; regularly using Windows Update or the Software Update feature on a Mac will help insulate you from problems. But you can also set your devices to install those updates automatically so you don't even have to think about it. Hackers prey on complacency.
Create back-ups of your most important files, either by downloading them to an external hard drive or by storing them in a cloud-based storage service.
Use a password manager to create and keep track of unique, hard-to-remember (and thus hard-to-break) passwords for each of your services. It's a little counter-intuitive, but experts say it's much more secure than the alternative, which is reusing the same password across multiple websites.
Check your medical and credit reports for evidence of fraudulent activity.
At work, check with your IT administrator to make sure your organization's devices are protected from WannaCry, and
Remember to treat unexpected emails with caution, and read up on phishing — one of the most common types of social engineering attacks used by attackers to compromise machines.
“Ransomware is following the same trajectory as phishing," said Phillip Hallam-Baker, an expert at the digital security firm Comodo. "The criminals have worked out how to monetize the crime, and they know which types of businesses are likely to pay up — and how to collect the money without being caught."

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