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Dear Valued Client,
Before we begin, if at any point while reading the message below, you need assistance or are just not sure, call 877-662-6624 or contact us by email and let us know so we may assist you. If you are one of our Patchworx clients or that rare organization that is covered through other effective measures, we sincerely congratulate you for your efforts to protect your company.
Whether you request our assistance or do the work of protecting yourself, not acting could be a very costly choice.
As you have likely heard in the national news, networks all over the world (in more than 150 countries) have been infected by WannaCryp Ransomware also known as WannaCry since Friday 5/12/2017…in fact it is estimated that 100s of thousands of computers are already infected and potentially million more will soon be. So, before we move into the details of why this matters, please DO NOT OPEN any attachments, click on links in emails from unknown senders, bring in un-scanned USB drives or otherwise invite an infection into your network.
What does ransomware do?
There are different types of ransomware but, all of them will prevent you from using your PC or server normally. They will then ask you to do something such as pay money before you can access your systems and data. Not all but most make getting data back impossible without
Educate your users - Don’t let them be tricked into downloading ransomware/malware
Everyone should follow this advice:
- Be very cautious when opening an attachment or clicking a link in an email, instant message, or post on social networks (like Facebook)—even if you know the sender. If you are suspicious, call to ask the sender if they sent it. If not, delete it.
- The attack can look like it is from an official sources like banks, UPS, FedEx, USPS, eFax, etc. This has been the most common attack method to date.
- If an e-mail gets blocked and quarantined by your spam filter, be very certain about the message and any attachments before you release it from quarantine. One user recently got burned this way.
- Avoid clicking Agree, OK, or I accept in banner ads in unexpected pop-up windows with warnings or offers to remove spyware or viruses, or on websites that may not seem legitimate. These are usually bogus. Call your IT specialist if you are concerned.