The fallout from last week's ransomware incident continues. Computers in more than 150 countries were affected by the WannaCry worm, which encrypted victims' files and then used their network to spread itself to other devices in the same area.
It was originally reported that only Windows XP and 8.0 were vulnerable, because Microsoft had previously released patches for all other versions. Although this remains true, it has now emerged that many Windows 7 machines were hit by the rogue software because they hadn't had the patch installed.
It's very important that you always ensure that automatic updating is enabled on your computer. You should also check occasionally in your control panel to ensure that updates are being installed without error. It's not uncommon for the Windows automatic update system to stop working, which means that your computer could be unprotected.
If you still use Windows 7, you can rest assured that you are safe from the WannaCry ransomware. But you should check that you have automatic updating enabled, and that it has been working successfully. You can find out more at https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/306525/how-to-configure-and-use...
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