Ransomware Alert 2017

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We’re interested in helping you maintain financial security across multiple fronts. Please make sure that you are aware of the unfolding news about the latest global ransomware attack on computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems.

You can Google “ransomware attack 2017” to scan the latest headlines, but basically, if your device becomes infected, your computer files become inaccessible to you, and the perpetrators demand a ransom to “release” them. There are no guarantees that paying a ransom is advisable.

That’s the bad news. The good news is, there appears to be a relatively simple way to ward off an attack: Make sure you’ve updated your Microsoft operating system with all current patches available. This is accomplished by running Windows Updates on your device.


The attack is significant enough that Microsoft has waived its usual software update practices, and is reportedly offering patches on outdated operating systems such as WindowsXP. (That said, an even better solution would be to update to a more current system.)

Would you like to revisit your overall financial security? As good timing would have it, we recently completed a quick-reference guide and a more detailed report offering other best practices for avoiding financial fraud and identity theft – whether you’re online or in person. Please let us know if we can send you copies of these resources for your ongoing security.

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