Its a mess, but we have some advice, some actions to take, and have compiled places you can go for more info.
By now you have seen the news, probably had people ask you if you were hit, and wondering if you needed to be freaking out! (Hint: If you are a Mac user, you are mostly safe at the moment- we’ll explain mostly later)
What is/was WannaCry?
WannaCry was a large cyber-attack affecting more than 250,000 computers in 50 countries. Like past ransomware, the assault started spreads by phishing email messages. Typically, a user will click a link in a bogus email and accidentally download the Malware onto their system. Where WannaCry was more vicious than previous RansomWare attacks is that once it has infected a PC on a network it can spread like a worm to other non-patched computers. It was built by utilizing the Eternal Blue abuse created by the National Security Agency. (Read about some Lessons we can learn from WannaCry from the Washington Post.)
Mac users dodged a real bullet on this one, as the WannaCry RansomWare attack only effected Windows computers, but now is the perfect time to make sure to double check and be sure you are prepared for future attacks as it is clear that RansomWare is here to stay.
A couple really important things to keep in mind.
Be smart. Be thoughtful.
Make sure you, your employees, friends and family are smart as well.
- Beware of phishing attempts. Know the sender of any email you open. Validate the sender. Did you know you can hover over the sender in your mail app to verify the address it came from, if it doesn’t look right, it isn’t.
- Your… Bank, Church, School, Store, Tech Support Guy, Apple… won’t or shouldn’t be asking you for sensitive info in an email.Don’t click the link unless you absolutely 100% know its legit. Go directly to their website to change any info, and never do it from a link in an email. Again you can hover over links in emails to verify the validity of the link. -> Pay attention to the last part of the address before the .com if it isn’t what you expect don’t click!
- Make sure you have the latest security updates installed and up-to-date. (We have a service that can/will do that for you if you are interested)
- Back Up Your Data! Religiously. And to the cloud also. Your data doesn’t exist unless it is in 3 places, period. (We have a service that can/will do that for you if you are interested)
- Running windows on your Mac? Be sure to run your Windows updates. Monthly, without fail.
- Use unique and complicated passwords and use a password manager. Our favorite is 1Password, but others are good too. At a minimum, leverage Apple’s built in Keychain.
Want some more reading?
Take a gander at the volumes of password and security advice from our blog. (CreativeTechs.com)
How a 22 year-old stumbled on the kill switch. But it only slowed it, and the next wave is just starting. (Cnet.com)
Windows users: Heres the links to the Microsoft Patches for effected machines. (Microsoft.com)
Be safe out there and call or email us if you have questions or need help,
The Creativetechs Team