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During the past week, computer systems throughout the world were reported to be disrupted by an extensive ransomware attack, mostly affecting Britain and Russia. Transmitted via email, the malicious software encrypts files and demands ransom before users can regain access.

Microsoft, in a nearly unprecedented move, released free security patches for older versions of Windows, including Windows XP, which it no longer officially supports.

In this particular case, the hackers only targeted older versions of Windows, not Windows 10, the latest edition of the software. However, it’s important to keep your computers patched no matter what version of Windows or Mac you are using. It’s also important to have multiple backup sets available from which to recover in case malware gets through all your other lines of defense and you need to restore your files from an older, unencrypted, backup.

If you are one of our Remote Monitoring and Maintenance (RMM) customers, then your computers are properly patched and secure and your anti-virus is up to date.

If you are not an RMM customer and you are concerned that your computers are vulnerable or that your backups may not be adequate when (not if) the next attack hits, contact us to find out how we can help.

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