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      If you SOMEHOW haven’t heard, more than 70 Countries were walloped the other day with Ransomware called WannaCry and they’re about to hit with round 3…

      You might think you’re safe because you don’t “click” on anything, but if that’s the case and you’re running microsoft software in your system that is not up to date, i’m about to unleash an eye opener for you.

      wannacrytor strain does not spread via infected e-mails or infected links. instead, it takes advantage of a security hole in most windows versions to automatically execute itself on the victim pc. according to various reports, this attack avenue has been developed by the national security agency (nsa) in the us as a cyber-weapon and it was leaked to the public earlier in april along with other classified data allegedly stolen from the agency.

      bitdefender is actively working on a free decryption tool to help victims recover their information without paying the ransom

      find out if you are vulnerable. the ms07-010 vulnerability affects almost all versions of the Windows operating system, including those who are not actively supported anymore, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003. Because of the extremely high impact, Microsoft has decided to issue patches for all operating system, including the unsupported ones.

      if your operating system does not have the specific hotfix installed, then you are vulnerable and need to update immediately.


      image credit cmsct.com

      what you can do to stay protected?

      disable the server message block service on the computer if patching is impossible.

      install the patch

      back up your data on offline hard drives. the ransomware malware will encrypt files on external drives such as a usb thumb drive, as well as any network or cloud file stores.

      patch and update your software and make sure you have all windows updates on your machine. here is a link to the direct updates:

      http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=kb4012598

      Use a reputable security suite –> https://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/avc_factsheet2017_03.pdf

      Windows 7

      If any of the following patches are installed in Control Panel>Windows update>See installed updates, you are safe.

      2017-05 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 (KB4019264)
      April, 2017 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 (KB4015552)
      April, 2017 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 (KB4015549)
      March, 2017 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 (KB4012215)
      March, 2017 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 (KB4012212)

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      FreebieQueen
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      You can install the windows 7 updates independently here–>

      https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx

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