Protect yourself from 'WannaCry' ransomware

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Photo: Flickr

The virus WannaCry has infected hundreds of thousands of computers since Friday in more than 150 countries.

The ransomware infects computers with Windows, encrypts information and then asks for a $300 payment to release the files.

Universities, hospitals and hundreds of companies, such as Fedex and Telefónica, have been targeted.

Although the attacks have slowed, experts have made a number of recommendations in order to avoid being infected by WannaCry.

  • Do not pay the ransom. It is highly unlikely that your files will be released even if you make the payment
  • Update your operating system (especially if you use Windows)
  • Update your antivirus
  • Do not open suspicious links or attachments in your emails
  • Do not open emails marked as spam
  • Avoid visiting and downloading files from suspicious sites
  • Back up your information frequently
  • Check your bank statements to verify that your information has not been misused