The latest cyber attack, named WannaCry (should have been MadeMeCry in my opinion) was unleashed on the public just a few days ago. A lot of big companies were affected by this malware. This was not only malicious, it also demanded a ransom from computer owners. A demand of $300, payable in Bitcoin currency in exchange for the files to be restored. Bitcoin is virtually untraceable and is fast becoming the favored currency of money launderers. Here are 4 ways to lessen your chance of cyber attack.

4 Ways to Lessen Your Chance Of Cyber Attack:

Update Regularly:

This is by far the easiest and fastest way to lessen your chance of cyber attack. Scammers exploit vulnerable computer programs. Companies like Microsoft and Apple constantly update their operating systems to prevent attacks. It is therefore important for you to make sure you have the latest versions so you don’t become a victim. The best thing to do is just set your computer to update automatically. This way, you don’t even have to think about it. If you’re a DIY kind of person, do not ignore the prompt or security bug fixes when there is an update. It is for your own protection.

No Clicking on email links:

Do not open attached files or click on links in emails from people you don’t know. Even if the email looks normal, there are still telltale signs that they are not legitimate. A popular “phishing scam” is to copy a legitimate site’s logo and look to trick you into revealing personal information which they can then use to gain access to your information. Clicking this malicious link will wreck havoc that’s hard to correct. Check the address of the sender and you’ll see the address is clearly fake. For instance, it might look like the email is from your bank, but the address sending it is something like jumoda@bennin and not the bank. Best thing to do if you have any questions or concern is to visit the bank site yourself to log in. That is, use your browser, not their email.

Skip those innocent looking “fun personality” links on Facebook:

We’ve all seen them. Those inviting games that get passed around. Titles like “what your favorite color reveals about you” etc. While some of these links are legitimate, others are not. Clicking on the link does exactly the same thing as the point above. Plant malicious malware. Not only that, this people can gleam information that looks harmless at first look, but can then be used to seize your account. You know those identity questions that you set in case you forget your password? Revealing them helps build a profile with these scammers that can then be used against you. I’ve seen it happen to a few friends.

Use Strong Passwords:

It sounds easy enough, but you would be amazed at how many people still use their birthday or anniversary as their passwords. Make it hard for them by not being lazy. Remember, hackers and their computers do not sleep. It might be a pain in the ass for you to keep your passwords secure, but think of what would happen if you were to have your information and life compromised. Mix it up, use a combination of symbols, letters and numbers to make it hard to crack.

These are just 4 ways to lessen your chance of cyber attack. There are other ways of course, some of which l have written about previously. It’s safe to say that cyber attacks will always happen and that the thieves are getting more sophisticated. All you can do is lessen your chance. If huge companies like Fedex, Microsoft etc. can be hacked with all the money they put into security, so can you, but don’t go down without a fight.

BONUS:

Make sure you have a complete backup of your files. If you do everything and still become a victim of ransomware, you can give them the finger! :-). With your backup, you can safely restore your files and you’re good to go.

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How do you protect yourself and lessen your chance of cyber attack? Have you ever been a victim? If yes, how hard was it to recover from?

 

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