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Weekly Tech Roundup — May 22

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The world is still reeling after last week’s worldwide ransomware attack. For days after, the timer continued to run out on encrypted computers and new variants started popping up. What’s next for data protection after an attack like this? Find out in this week’s tech roundup.

FAQ WannaCry Attack

Since being unleashed on May 12, the WannaCry ransomware attack has become the largest ransomware event in history, crippling 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries. As a result, a lot of media attention regarding the WannaCry ransomware attacks has focused on the multinational corporations and branches of government that have been affected. 

But for individuals and families, WannaCry and other ransomware programs continue to pose a serious threat to their data... even if the impact on consumers doesn’t receive the same media attention.

Acronis True Image Test

Most anti-malware solutions are not ready for the next generation of ransomware attacks, a new report from NioGuard Security Lab shows. Acronis True Image has outperformed 22 anti-malware solutions.

WannaCry Ransomware

As we already covered, May 12 marked the start of the WannaCry ransomware worm attack (also known as WCry and WanaCrypt0r 2.0) that crippled more than 200,000 Windows machines around the globe. Initiated on Friday, just before the weekend, the attack hit victims on a massive scale, affecting a wide range of organizations, including telecoms, transport companies, government law enforcements and hospitals.  The global zero-day ransomware epidemic WannaCry attacked systems in more than 150 countries, making it the first ransomware epidemic of its kind.

WannaCry

The massive worldwide wave of ransomware attacks of May 12, 2017, instantly turned a once relatively obscure malware threat into screaming headline news and an urgent security concern for global leaders. The so-called WannaCry variant of ransomware, weaponized into deadly virulence with an exploit stolen from the USA’s National Security Agency, exploded through 99 countries, bringing down hospitals in the UK and telecoms operations in Spain. If the threat of ransomware wasn’t on your radar yesterday, it is today. And if you are scrambling for answers, Acronis already offers the single best defense against ransomware attacks, including WannaCry: Acronis Backup 12.5 with Active Protection™, which proactively exterminates ransomware and automatically, instantly restores any damaged data.

Compare Backup Programs

You can’t predict ransomware attacks, and your attempts to avoid them may fail. You can follow computer backup best practices, but even then there is no guarantee that devious cyber criminals won’t uncover your weaknesses. That’s why Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation integrates ransomware protection technology in the form of Acronis Active Protection. 

Independent IT security research company MRG Effitas tested eight consumer backup products against ten ransomware families with some surprising results!

MRG-Effitas - Acronis Test

For the second time in two weeks, an independent lab acknowledged Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation as the best backup solution, in part due to the cutting-edge feature that actively protects against ransomware — Acronis Active Protection™.

Why is an active approach to ransomware protection really necessary? Because just having a backup is no longer enough. In order to protect your data, you have to have multiple copies in multiple places, and they need to be protected against cyber-attacks. You have to be vigilant against the data-encrypting ransomware ghosts lingering just around the corner, looking for sneaky ways to chomp on your data like this is a real-world game of Pac-Man.

Best Home Backup Software

MRG Effitas tested eight popular backup solutions for ransomware protection capabilities, performance, usability, and user experience. Who has the best technology?

In a world where the scourge of ransomware threatens more and more data, it’s of primary importance to protect your data and backups at every step. That’s why the AV-Test Institute examined the threat protection capabilities of popular backup solutions.

Benjamin Franklin once famously observed “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If he lived today, he might have added “data loss” to that list, since the need to safeguard our data is an everyday part of our tech-infused lives.

Given how digitized today’s tax system is, protecting our tax records is critical. Even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agrees a backup should be a top priority.