Tips for Protecting Computers from Ransomware

Tips for Protecting Computers from Ransomware

Many news stories provide information about the spread of the WannaCry ransomware which attacks many computers, even reaching vital places such as hospitals for example. It is very important to protect computers that are vulnerable to the WannaCry Ransomware. The following are some tips to protect your computer from ransomware:

Regularly Update Windows

The majority of cases of ransomware infection begin by exploiting a Windows exploit that has been patched by Microsoft. But because many Windows users underestimate regular updates, Windows Update is usually turned off immediately after installation, making the computer more vulnerable to ransomware infections. This is also what WannaCry uses in exploiting Windows and deploying it over a LAN network. If you regularly update Windows, then you are safe from ransomware, viruses, and malware.

Use the Latest Antivirus

If you use a third-party antivirus, make sure you are diligent in updating. Usually, antivirus companies will be proactive in releasing updates so that their antivirus can detect and prevent ransomware infections, especially if there are big cases like WannaCry. If you use Windows Defender which is the default Windows antivirus, the update is released through Windows Update. So by activating automatic updates, your Windows Defender is also up to date. An up-to-date antivirus will detect the latest ransomware and malware, so you can be better protected from their attacks.

Never Pay for Ransomware

If your computer is infected with ransomware, you should not pay to the ransomware party. This is because there are many cases where the victim has paid but was not given the decryption key. Ransomware that infects your computer will be found by security researchers.

Be Cautious When Opening Links

Some ransomware can transmit itself over a LAN network as in the case of the WannaCry ransomware. But there will always be a computer that is the first to be infected with this ransomware. Usually ransomware is spread through email attachments, links, or files that are forged into certain files. Therefore, be careful when getting spam emails or getting email attachments from unknown people. In addition, don’t be easily fooled if there is a link that is shared on messenger or social media. For those of you who like to download software, make sure you also download from a trusted download source.