Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is urging people to take precautions after a massive ransonware attack that has crippled thousands of computers at banks, hospitals and government institutions.
The WannaCry ransomware variant has infected computers in at least 74 countries.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
The ransomware took advantage of a flaw in Microsoft's Windows operating system. Microsoft had issued a patch on March 14, but many computers hadn't run the update. Because many of the computers impacted run older Windows systems like XP, Microsoft issued a rare patch for XP, which it had stopped updating more than three years ago.
Carr's office provided the following information help residents lower their risk of attack: