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got it thnx

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Windows ONLY

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I think focusing on ransomware or obviously WannyCrypt is much too specific as a first step. The general risk is data loss, and there are a ton of ways that can happen. Happily, there are also straightforward ways to limit your exposure to any form of data loss. You need backups. External drives are cheap and reliable, and you can get lots of free or cheap online storage from google, microsoft, Amazon, and others. It does take a bit of ongoing attention, but you don't have to wonder about how trustworthy or effective something like this tool is. You test it yourself once in a while, and if you can retrieve your data from the backup reliably, you're covered.

There are a lot of better places you can get recommendations and tools to help online, but I thought it worth dropping that reminder here. My main home computer is not well protected with data backups - prioritizing my data and coming up with a current system is on my to-do list this week too.

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misterphillip said:   Windows ONLY
That's because it exploits a hole created by Microsoft for NSA to spy using their original code of WannaCry on Windows computers.
So, if you don't use Windows then you are safe (from WannaCry)

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SlimTim said:   I think focusing on ransomware or obviously WannyCrypt is much too specific as a first step. The general risk is data loss, and there are a ton of ways that can happen. Happily, there are also straightforward ways to limit your exposure to any form of data loss. You need backups. External drives are cheap and reliable, and you can get lots of free or cheap online storage from google, microsoft, Amazon, and others. It does take a bit of ongoing attention, but you don't have to wonder about how trustworthy or effective something like this tool is. You test it yourself once in a while, and if you can retrieve your data from the backup reliably, you're covered.

There are a lot of better places you can get recommendations and tools to help online, but I thought it worth dropping that reminder here. My main home computer is not well protected with data backups - prioritizing my data and coming up with a current system is on my to-do list this week too.

Maybe it's time to think about Crashplan.

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