Beware of Ransomware: How it works and Preventive measures


Ransomware virus, also known as Wannacry,  is often transmitted through emails and pop-ups. It’s capable of infecting and encrypting all files on a system or any smart device until a ransom is paid, which means an amount is paid for a decryption key.

The ransomware hackers have succeeded in infecting over 300,000 computers over the weekend and made $60,000 in ransom payment.

Beware of Ransomware: How it work and Preventive measures

They use anonymous bitcoin wallet to collect the payments.

How to Prevent Ransomware Virus A.K.A Wannacry

  • Update your Software to the latest Microsoft Patch. Android and other platforms should do the same.
  • Don’t open email attachments/links from unknown sources.
  • Do not click pop-ups and applets on unknown websites and installing effective antivirus software for their mobile devices.
  • Create a backup of all your data.
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Furthermore, the NCC said it has taken the following proactive measures in fulfilling its statutory mandate:

“The Commission has advised Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to initiate regular assessment and audit of their cybersecurity readiness. All operators should continue to ensure that their backup/ disaster recovery strategies are in place and up to date; The Commission has further advised all operators to ensure continued deployment of effective firewalls, login passwords and antivirus management regime; The Commission is working towards creating a link with the Cybersecurity Alert System on its website so that current information on global cyber threats/incidents could be immediately communicated to stakeholders and will continue to provide more cybersecurity training for its staff.”

image credit: Kaspersky Blog

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Ikechukwu MaxkDAVE

Ikechukwu Onu is a technical writer, product designer, front-end dev, and digital junkie with a profound interest in all things tech, especially Android. When he isn’t designing or writing killer content, reviewing gadgets or products, you’ll find him answering tech support questions from friends and family, going out for outreach, hang out with friends, or eating my snacks while watching Netflix. #Maxkdave #InfoKid EMAIL:


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