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Protect Yourself From Ransomware

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Did you know hackers can lock you out of your computer or even encrypt and then ransom your laptop and its files back to you? This type of malware is called Ransomware, and it forces victims to make an online payment to end the attack.

Criminals can infect your computer in many ways, including phony antivirus software or convincing phishing emails. Malware can also be downloaded on someone’s hard drive after they visit a website without the person knowing anything has changed. Consider using a verification tool like McAfee SiteAdvisor to bolster your defense against Ransomware. A couple of reminders for all Gators: Make sure your device’s antivirus program is always up-to-date and keep Internet browsers and software up-to-date as well.

Read this article, recommended by UF’s Information Security Office, for helpful tips on how to avoid being the victim of a Ransomware attack. Also, consider registering for the next Cyber Self Defense Course workshop to learn how to protect yourself in today’s Internet-driven lifestyle.