Since Friday, a malware attack called WannaCry has been wreaking havoc on major computer networks all over the world. It presents itself as a pop-up window that informs the user that their files are encrypted unless they pay a ransom. As of Sunday, this attack has impacted more than 100,000 organizations according to Europol. It has impacted systems as wide ranging as public transit, telecommunications, hospitals, and colleges.
Talk to your IT professional to ensure your system is properly protected from the chance of a malware attack. Ensure all staff with computers update their antivirus software, especially if they’re running Windows XP or an earlier operating system. A surefire way to eliminate your risk is to upgrade any computers running XP or older to the latest operating system—WannaCry is not targeting Windows 10 at all.