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Ransomware is in the news again. Two recent attacks, known as WannaCry and Petya, spread quickly all over the world. This malware may encrypt your files, lock your keyboard or lock you out of your computer entirely. As you may have guessed, based on the name, the only way to get access to your infected computer or files is to pay the ransom.

Though WannaCry and Petya specifically targeted organizations, individuals and consumers should beware of the new strategies Cyber Criminals use to place Ransomware on your device. Keep in mind, computers are not the only target; ransomware can infect mobile phones as well. Use caution before you click! Scammers use apps, phishing emails, spoofed websites and social media to spread their program to your device.

There are steps that you can take to help protect yourself from Ransomware. The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) says, “A commitment to cyber hygiene and best practices is critical to protecting users from cyber threats.” Best practices include keeping your software updated with the latest versions and patches, backing up your important files and thinking twice before clicking links or downloading attachments or apps.

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