How to avoid WannaCry ransomware and other cyber threats

The WannaCry ransomware has attacked computers across the world. (Bigstock Image)

Ransomware has been attacking computers with Windows operating systems since last week and Inman Select gives REALTORS® four ideas to protect their systems from hackers. Meanwhile, NAR offers some resources to keep your computers more secure and protect private information of customers.

In the Inman Select story, “What real estate agents and brokers should be doing about WannaCry,” suggestions for REALTORS® include using “business-grade equipment,” updating software when prompted by onscreen messages, backing up data on computers and working with partners who take security seriously. Read more.

The ransomware known as “WannaCry” has struck more than 200,000 devices in more than 150 countries, disabling them and demanding payment before a remedy is provided.

In March, the NAR reminded members to protect their computers from loss of data, scams and hacks by following best practices. By logging in and using the NAR Data Security and Privacy Toolkit, members safeguard email, transactions, business procedures and limit damage. Some suggestions in the toolkit included:

  • Use encrypted email;
  • Never trust contact information from unverified emails;
  • Use strong passwords and change them frequently;
  • Make sure all parties use secure email procedures for transactions;
  • If wiring money, call intended recipients immediately prior to verify wiring instructions;
  • Develop and enforce policies for ensuring data security; and
  • Avoid storing clients’ personally identifiable information any longer than necessary.

Other NAR data privacy and security resources can be found here.

The toolkit also provides a link to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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