How to Protect Yourself from WannaCry Ransomware?

1. Always Install Security Updates

2. Disable SMB

Here’s the list of simple steps you can follow to disable SMBv1:

  1. Go to Windows’ Control Panel and open ‘Programs.’
  2. Open ‘Features’ under Programs and click ‘Turn Windows Features on and off.’
  3. Now, scroll down to find ‘SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support’ and uncheck it.
  4. Then click OK, close the control Panel and restart the computer.

3. Enable Firewall & Block SMB Ports

4. Use an Antivirus Program

Almost all antivirus vendors have already added detection capability to block WannaCry, as well as to prevent the secret installations from malicious applications in the background.

5. Be Suspicious of Emails, Websites, and Apps

So, you should always exercise caution when opening uninvited documents sent over an email and clicking on links inside those documents unless verifying the source to safeguard against such ransomware infection.

Also, never download any app from third-party sources, and read reviews even before installing apps from official stores.

6. Regular Backup your Files:

That way, if any ransomware infects you, it can not encrypt your backups.

7. Keep Your Knowledge Up-to-Date

So, it’s high time for users of any domain to follow day-to-day happening of the cyber world, which would not only help them to keep their knowledge up-to-date, but also prevent against even sophisticated cyber attacks.

 

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