It is a malicious software developed by hackers which locks the devices such as Windows-based PCs, tablets or smartphones, then demands money to unlock them. The software is commonly added to an innocent email as an attachment. Once activated, (by clicking or downloading the attachment) it encrypts the hard drive, making it impossible to access or retrieve anything stored on there – such as photographs, documents or music. The only thing that appears on the computer screen is how to make payment to the hacker to save your files.

QNAP Announced Protection Utility Against WannaCry Ransomware

By the May 12 2017, a huge cyber attack has spreaded around the world called “WannaCry” or “Wcry”. Within only 2 hours, 11 countries already affected from the ransomware including Germany, Russia and Japan.

150 countries are affected by the cyber attack since today and the numbers are increasing every day.

What is Ransomware?

It is a malicious software developed by hackers which locks the devices such as Windows-based PCs, tablets or smartphones, then demands money to unlock them. The software is commonly added to an innocent email as an attachment. Once activated, (by clicking or downloading the attachment) it encrypts the hard drive, making it impossible to access or retrieve anything stored on there – such as photographs, documents or music. The only thing that appears on the computer screen is how to make payment to the hacker to save your files.

How QNAP helps you to save your files?

One of the best way to protect your data is to backing up them regularly. In the latest newsletter QNAP stated that “Windows users can utilize the free QNAP NetBak Replicator backup utility to periodically back up PC files to QNAP NAS, while all users should enable snapshots to protect NAS data. It is easy to choose from multiple versions of snapshots to restore data whenever needed.

Snapshots can also record the metadata of files outside the file system and allow users to preserve and restore multiple versions of the same file, folder or even the entire volume. If ransomware attacks or an unexpected situation arises on the system, users can quickly and easily revert back to the previous state that the snapshot has recorded. Snapshot Replica facilitates double protection that replicates snapshots to a remote QNAP NAS or server.

QNAP Labs have simulated ransomware attacks, and confirms that QNAP snapshots can protect and restore data.

You can download the QNAP NetBak backup utility from the link below.

QNAP NetBak Replicator

 

May 21st 2020 Seth Adams

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