You may have heard of the WannaCrypt AKA WannaCry cyber attack. WannaCry is a hack that blocks Windows users customers from their data unless they pay a ransom. At the last count, it had infected 230,000 Windows PCs used by health facilities, manufacturing plants, business organisations, governments, and individuals in hundreds of countries. This is a nightmare situation.
However, it would interest you to know that a security patch that fixes the flaw exploited by this hack has been pushed out by Microsoft a month ago. Yes; you read that right. Prevention has been available for a month, but not a lot of PC users applied it. Users who did not update their machines to install the security updates are unprotected. Users who still run unsupported versions of Windows are unprotected as well. If you belong in either category, your PC is vulnerable.
You can protect your PC from this ransomeware by installing the security patch that Microsoft has released to fix this issue. If you are using an unsupported version of Windows like Windows XP, Windows 2008 or Server 2003, Microsoft is pitching in with a security update for you too, but you should get a supported version of Windows as soon as possible.
One Big Lesson from the WannaCry cyber attack
Recently, I wrote an article on why you should not buy older smartphones or laptops. Older, unsupported software is one of those reasons, and the WannaCry cyber attack is a clear example of how using a device with older, unsupported software can hurt you badly. Today, it is Windows PC. With Android OS having almost 90% of smartphone marketshare, it could easily be Android devices next time.
What is the lesson for you, the end user of technology? You cannot control many things, but there is one thing that is in your power to control.
One big lesson from the WannaCry cyber attack is that you are almost always better off with up-to-date software.
One big lesson from the WannaCry cyber attack is that you are almost always better off with a device running up-to-date software. If a software update is released for your device, download and install it immediately. Better still, dive into your device settings and enable automatic updates so that software updates are downloaded automatically. Keep your website software up-to-date too. You can stay safer by Keeping the software of anything you use updated. That is within your control.
PS: If you do not know exactly what to do to protect yourself from the WannaCry ransomeware, follow this article: WannaCry Ransomware: How to protect yourself.