SmartVault and the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

“Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”

This message has appeared globally across many computer screens.  More than 200,000 computers have been affected by this ransomware, which took control of users’ files and demanded $300 payments to restore access.  The most disturbing part of this latest malware is the fact that you do not have to be the person opening the infected attachment.  This latest strain of malware combines ransomware with a worm function – anyone on your network that opens the malware can cause your computer to be infected. It underscores the importance of running updates and patching your systems as soon as Microsoft releases updates.

What can you do to prevent your computer (and other computers on your network) from becoming infected?  Be diligent and alert regarding the emails you receive with an attachment you did not ask for.  If there is a .zip file in the attachment, do not click on it but delete the whole email. Remember: “When in doubt, throw it out!”

There is a bright side for SmartVault customers! SmartVault stores previous versions of your documents. So, if your files have been infected with a virus or encrypted by ransomware, you can simply log in to your SmartVault account and revert to a previous, non-infected version without putting your computer at risk.  Learn more about restoring your files stored in SmartVault to a previous version.