How to protect your data against WannaCry or other ransomware attack

WannaCry is a new type of ransomware attack that infects all the computers in a network and encrypts all data files on each computer. Users should be aware of the risks and should also know the way to protect against malicious Win32/WannaCrypt software attack. If the computer is infected, the user is asked to pay a price in order to access the operating system again. It’s better to prevent the infection than to pay the ransom.
If you were a victim of the WannaCry, WannaCrypt, WanaCrypt0r or Wanna Decryptor ransomware attack, recovering your files is almost impossible. Your Volume Shadow copy is deleted by the virus and also the system restore points. Paying the ransom could not be a solution as you have no guarantee that your files will be decrypted.

On this page: How to protect against WannaCry attacks How to back up your data files to Google Drive, to avoid WannaCry ransomware infection How to back up your data files to other cloud destinations

Here is how the infection appears on your screen:

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How to protect against WannaCry attacks

Here is a list of what you can do to protect your computer:

  • Keep an up-to-date backup of your important data files
  • Do not access unsafe or unreliable web sites
  • Do not use public Wi-Fi networks unencrypted
  • Do not click on suspicious links, even if they came from a friend as it might be infected too
  • Keep your your Windows OS updated
  • Keep your your antivirus/firewall updated

Backup4all allows you to back up to different cloud destinations as: Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, Azure and Amazon S3.

How to back up your data files to Google Drive, to avoid WannaCry ransomware infection

It is recommended to keep a safe backup of your data files in case the WannaCry ransomware infection attacks your computer. As local and network computers might be exposed to the same attack, we recommend to back up your data files to a cloud location.


Here are the steps about how to back up your data files to Google Drive using Backup4all

Steps to follow:

1. Download and install Backup4all from: http://download.backup4all.com/download/setup/b4asetup-full.exe

2. Open Backup4all and select File->New (Ctrl+N).

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3. On the first page, enter a name for the backup in the Backup Name field

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4. In the Where do you want to save the backup section, select Google Drive as backup destination

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5. Press Choose account. A new window will appear to log on into your Google Drive account, then you have to allow Backup4all application to view and manage the files on Google Drive.  Then press Next.

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6. On the What do you want to backup page, add the backup sources. Press Next.

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7. On the How do you want to backup page, you can choose the backup type and optionally set the encryption. Press Next.

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8. On the When do you want to backup page, you can set the backup job to automatically run on the specified time and days.

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9. Press Save and run.

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How to backup your data files to other cloud destinations

Here is a list of articles about how to back up your data to other cloud destination. Follow the steps from the article in order to have your back up files in safe place.

How to backup your data to OneDrive

How to backup your data to Box

How to backup your data to Dropbox

How to backup to Azure

How to backup to Amazon S3

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