By now I’m sure you have heard about WannaCry – the ransomware that is making its way around the world. It mainly hit computers running Windows XP and Windows 7 and, for some reason, pretty much missed the United States. Ransomware is when hackers lock up your computer and demand you to pay them money in order to unlock your computer. Many large businesses will pay the ransom. Individuals, who have backed up their computer – and I’m sure that’s you!, will refuse to pay and buy a new computer instead. But either way, paying the ransom or buying a new computer, ransomware causes lost time and money. (For more details on WannaCry, read the Wikipedia article.)

What can you do to protect yourself from ransomware? First, and most important, backup your computer.

Equally important, be sure your Operating System is being updated. Microsoft and Apple will periodically update their operating systems to add new features and to fix any security holes. Best is to have your system set for automatic updates. If you use Windows 7 or Windows 10, see this page for instructions. This page gives instructions for updating a Mac.