Talis Update on WannaCry Ransomware

Talis Update on WannaCry Ransomware

By Stephen Hart

Over the weekend you most likely heard of the latest virus attack, the WannaCry Ransomware. WannaCry functions a bit differently than your typical virus. Once your computer is infected, the virus will seek out the most important files on your computer and encrypt them, making your computer completely unusable. The only way to regain access is through paying a ransom, which starts at $300, and continues to climb the longer you don’t pay up and eventually deletes your files. As of right now there is no fix for the virus, and estimates are that hundreds of thousands of computers have been infected.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to update your security settings immediately. Windows released a patch over the weekend to guard against it. You should never open or click on a link from a suspicious e-mail — this is how the WannaCry virus was spread.

At Talis, we actively take precautions to protect our client's information and the systems we rely upon. In order to be successful, we also need to make sure clients are taking precautions on their end. This past fall, we released a series of cyber security tips to help our clients guard against just such an event.

In fact, tip #7 was:

“Turn on Automatic Updates: Keeping your software up-to-date is the best way to increase security. Old software may be missing the latest protections and turning on automatic updates assures that your computer is regularly updating itself.”

And Tip #29:

“Check Links Before You Click: Suspicious of a link in an email or online ad? Check its safety with Sucuri Site-Check sitecheck.sucuri.net or urlvoid.com. First, hover over the suspicious link and the full address will appear in the bottom corner of your browser; right-click to access the drop-down menu, and select "Copy Link." Now paste the URL into your link checker to get a report. Foolproof? No. A good hint if there's a problem? Yes.”

As soon as software updates were available, all Talis machines were updated. You can read more about how we guard our clients’ data below:

Talis and Cyber Security

Talis and Email Encryption

Tips to Protect Your Data

 

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