How to protect yourself from a global ransomware attack

Source: Brian Fung, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Security experts are bracing for more fallout from Friday's worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack, which has so far affected more than 150 countries and major businesses and organizations, including FedEx, Renault and Britain's National Health Service. But if you're just hearing about this attack — or waking up to an unresponsive computer of your own — here's what you need to understand about what law enforcement officials have called the biggest such attack in history.

With ransomware attacks, the malware locks down a target machine, encrypting its data and preventing the owner from accessing it until he or she agrees to pay up.

How can I protect myself?

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