Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ve probably heard about the WannaCry Virus that is causing havoc around the world.
What is WannaCry?
It’s a type of hacking attack known as “ransomware,” that holds your computer hostage until you pay a ransom.
What Does It Do?
Once you are infected, it encrypts, (or scrambles) your data and then posts a screen demanding you to pay the ransom to get your data back. If you don’t pay in a few days, the price goes up, and then your files are deleted.
How Do You Get It?
The virus is spread by file sharing technology, but it could also be spread through email. Never click on a link or open an email that you don’t know about.
What Can I Do?
If you’re running a Windows-Based PC, make sure all your software is up to date. In addition, as always, do not open suspicious emails, click on links you don’t know or open any files you weren’t expecting. Also, make full backups of all your important files.