You would have read today’s news about a second global ransomware attack. Please see http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40416611

The Petya Ransomware has gone global this morning and security analysts are scrambling to understand the full scope of the threat.

What is ransomware?

Ransomware issues - pixels WebdesignRansomware is a malicious software designed to block access to a computer system till a sum of money is paid.

Ports of Auckland is affected

Stuff reports that” Ports of Auckland says a massive ransomware attack that affected international shipping giant Maersk is having an effect on the port’s operations.

Spokesman Matt Ball said the attack was having a big impact on Maersk’s operations globally “because they have had to close down their entire global system to prevent further exposure to the ransomware”.

What can you do to protect yourself?

Protect yourself from ransomware

With the impact Wannacry had and more recently Petya ransomware has had on the global a stage – Protecting yourself from ransomware has become critical. I’ve outlined a few basic steps to keep you safe.

Back up your files

Backup for files regularly – including documents photos and videos. The best option is to back up to an external Hard Drive. This can be done on a daily basis keeping your backup recent and relevant.  It is also a good idea to back up to the cloud. Having two backup sources ensures that you won’t lose your data if something goes wrong.

 Use anti-virus software

Make sure you have Anti-Virus software installed and that it has the latest updates, you should run your antivirus scans on a regular basis.

Install windows updates regularly

Ensure you have the latest windows updates. Windows is constantly putting out new updates to protect the user from malicious attack. These updates are critical in keeping you safe.

 Protect yourself from dangerous emails, apps

Be wary of emails from senders you do not recognise. Never click on the links or the attachments.  Also, don’t install third party apps that aren’t sourced from an official online representative.

Do not pay the ransom

Never pay the ransom. It is unlikely that paying the ransom will get your data un-encrypted.

What do I do if I see the ransomware message on my computer?

Immediately shut down the computer and do not re-boot it. Disconnect your PC from the internet, reformat the hard drive and re-install your files from backup.

Watch this space

We are reviewing our processes – especially the hosting platforms. In next few days we will come back with a strategy to protect your most important Intellectual property – your website.

Regards,