Ransomware Attacks Are World-Wide Today. Don't Use Public Networks

Last Update: May 12, 2017

There has been a huge upsurge in ransomware attacks on personal and business computers in the last few days and hours.

It's affecting computers in at least 74 countries and has caused hospitals and medical facilities to cancel medical procedures.

The initial infection seems to be coming from email attachments. Then, once one computer on a network has been infected, the virus spreads to other computers on the same network.

Don't Use Public Networks

There are lots of public networks that you can use when you're out and about with your laptop or mobile device. Don't use them. Until the crisis is over and you've got your computer patched just use your home network to access the internet.

And don't open email attachments

You'll find more information (if you like techy explanations) at Massive Global Ransomware Attach Underway

There is a patch available so make sure your computer has all the available Windows updates. If you're still using XP or older then please update your operating system. XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and the patch is not available.

Leave your laptop at home or turned off

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sonnysiah1 Premium
thank you for sharing.
PeterVX Premium
Thanks for the heads up, Marion!
GeoffGS Premium
Don't you need to be carefull with your settings? Laptop in car tries to log on to nearby coffee shop for example?
GeoffGS Premium
It seemed like mine tried to do that but I was probably guilty of not shutting down.
MarionBlack Premium
I think the safest thing to do would be to leave your laptop at home or turned off until the operating system has been patched.
PatrickM1 Premium
Marion - Thanks for the update.
JerryHuang Premium
Just came across this news. Thanks for the sharing and reminder!