Over the weekend upwards of 200,000 computers around the world were infected by the ransomware known as WannaCrypt, a piece of malicious software that will encrypt a user’s files until the specified amount is paid. Microsoft released an update for their operating system in March that removed the exploit used by this specific software however it is important to make sure that your PC has the update installed in order to protect yourself.
The good news is that Windows 10 installs updates automatically meaning that it is highly likely that you already have the security patch that prevents this particular exploit from being usable.
To turn on Automatic Updates on your PC, please follow these steps:
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
- Open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you’re using a mouse, by pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer up), then tapping or clicking Settings, tapping or clicking Change PC settings, and then tapping or clicking Update and recovery.
- Tap or click Choose how updates get installed.
- Under Important updates, select the option that you want.
- Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then click Apply.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Click Start, type Windows update in the search box and then click Windows Update in the Programs list.
- In the left pane, click Change settings.
- Select the option that you want.
- Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates or Include recommended updates when downloading, installing, or notifying me about updates check box, and then click OK.
Should you have any trouble with the above please don’t hesitate to contact our Support Team on 0207 993 3100 who will be more than happy to assist you.
Other steps that can be taken in order to protect your Business from Ransomware:
- Using an up to date Operating System (E.g. Windows 10).
- Making sure that your Anti-Virus is updated and set to scan on a regular basis.
- Keeping regular backups of your data either off-site or in the cloud.