Make sure WannaCry doesn’t make you want to cry!

The news cycle has been buzzing with the latest ransomware attack called WannaCry. This cyber-bug has infected over 300,000 computers in 150 countries. WannaCry is a ransomware style attack, where once the virus is introduced to your computer, it encrypts all the files on your hard drive, rendering them unusable without a decryption key. This virus is spreading throughout the internet via email links and attachments. Once opened, it is nearly impossible to be stopped. The individual on the other end will then demand a ransom, usually in the form of bitcoin, for the decryption key.  (Typically, the first ransom demand is in the $300-$500 range.)  How can you protect yourself?

  • Make sure your computer software is up to date. The newest operating system is best, but at a minimum, make sure that your systems are up to date with latest patches.  In this current attack, WannaCry is affecting Windows computers with older versions of the operating system, such as Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 & 8.
  • This warning is just not for Windows users. It is a myth that Macs do not get viruses. While this current version ransomware is targeting computers running older versions of Windows operating systems, variants of the virus have been spotted on the internet focusing on Apple and Windows 10 devices.
  • Be diligent. Don’t open suspicious attachments or click on links in emails even if they are from an email address you know.
  • Have a system backup. It is important to back-up your system via a cloud-based software or an external hard drive. Be sure to do this on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Create complex passwords. If your back-up requires a password, created a complicated one that includes upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Do not use something such as your birthdate in your password.
  • Avoid using public WiFi. Public WiFi, while convenient, creates an open pathway for attackers to gain access to your phone, computer or tablet.

What to do if your computer has been encrypted?

  • Do not pay the ransomware demands. There is no guarantee that the hackers will send the decryption codes and in most cases, they will ask for money multiple times.
  • Use your system back-up to restore your computer. Be sure that your operating system is up-to-date prior to putting your computer back online.
  • If you do not have your system backed up, visit nomoreransom.org, which is a site backed by security firms and cyber security organizations in 22 countries. This group acts as a “cyber sheriff” and maybe able to provide you with options to unlock your files for free.

While the spread of WannaCry was slowed by a 22-year-old security researcher in the United Kingdom, it is still proliferating. Security experts advise that attacks like this one will continue to surface on the internet over the course of the summer.  As of now, cyber security experts are still investigating the source and cleanup of WannaCry and do not have a confirmed fix for the virus.

Budros, Ruhlin & Roe’s EVP of Business Development, Gary Marcinick, Inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores

Budros, Ruhlin & Roe shareholder and Executive Vice President of Business Development, Gary Marcinick, was inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores on Thursday, April 18, 2017. The Association of Ohio Commodores inducted seven people from throughout Ohio during the Region II Cabinet Luncheon held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Gary Marcinick has enjoyed more than 30 successful years as a financial industry leader in the areas of business development and relationship management, serving executives, business owners, medical professionals and professional athletes.

Gary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from The Ohio State University. He was a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes 1984 Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl football team.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Board of Commissioners of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, and is a life member of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board.  He also assists and donates time to numerous other charitable organizations in Central Ohio.

Gary has served as Budros, Ruhlin & Roe’s Executive Vice President of Business Development for the last 11 years.  He is responsible for new individual and institutional client acquisition. Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent, fee-only wealth management firms, managing over $2 billion for clients throughout the country.

The Association of Ohio Commodores is a group of individuals recognized by the Governor of Ohio with the state’s most distinguished honor, The Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore. Each year outstanding Ohioans are recognized for their business accomplishments, acumen, and leadership with this prestigious honor. The Association was created in 1966 by Governor James A. Rhodes with the purpose of assisting the state of Ohio in advancement in all areas contributing to the growth and development of the state and greater prosperity of its citizens. The association was incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio in 1971 as a non-profit organization, and now its esteem members are primarily involved with supporting the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The Association is a nonpartisan organization that currently boasts a diverse and dedicated membership of over 350 men and women from a variety of industries.

“The Board of Directors is proud of Gary’s recent recognition,” said Peggy Ruhlin, Chief Executive Officer of Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc. “Gary’s expertise in business development has played a key role in our firm’s growth over the years.”

To learn more about the Association of Ohio Commodores, please visit www.ohiocommodores.org.