Windows 7 computers, which are permanently lost for 4 days, tend to be - as it stands - more likely to be infected with ransomware. Windows 10 vulnerability to ransomware detected after hundreds of computers were destroyed by WannaCry.
In particular, according to her study Europol, 200.000 devices in 150 countries were affected by cryptoworm, resulting in Microsoft to suffer billions of dollars. This led her in 2015 to complete formal support for Windows 7, giving users time to prepare for the end of the program. Businesses running Windows 7 should take the necessary steps to avoid the risk of ransomware infection.
Some key ways to address this challenge are:
- An important step to take is appropriate education and training of officials, as the data and data stored in unprotected areas are at greater risk. Thus, storing important and valuable data on central servers or data centers can reduce the risk of risk.
- Equally important is the examination of data each business to ensure they comply with company policies and regulations.
- Businesses need to make changes and corrections to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. Users will also be able to purchase “ESUs” from Microsoft to access changes as they transition to newer and more up-to-date software.
- Ransomware is based on the idea of payment to regain access to a company's data. So one solution is backup data, so that businesses have the option of restoring their data with greater confidentiality and security.
- Within the strategy that companies need to follow is software upgrade, as older versions of software are more vulnerable. This is, of course, a time consuming process, but it is also necessary to reduce the risk of being infected by a virus such as WannaCry.
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