Stay­ing one step ahead of mal­ware.

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Keep your op­er­at­ing sys­tem up-to-date. In the case of Wanna Cry ran­somware, the lat­est Win­dows 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem was not vul­ner­a­ble, since the [aw it ex­ploited wasn’t present in the new op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

Book­mark all your trusted sites. Ma­li­cious sites can look al­most iden­ti­cal to the real thing, with sim­i­lar URLs. This method of trick­ing users is also called phish­ing. Trend Mi­cro’s ran­somware white pa­per found that 20% of all ran­somware in­fec­tions in 2016 came from ac­cess­ing ran­somware-laden web pages.

Never en­ter­tain spam mes­sages. Spam is also more so­phis­ti­cated these days, em­ploy­ing so­cial en­gi­neer­ing tech­niques to emo­tion­ally lure vic­tims into click­ing. The same white pa­per by Trend Mi­cro found that 79% of all ran­somware came via spam.

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