Could your personal data be kept hostage for ransom?

Just shortly after clearing up the issues caused by ransomware in the national gas pipeline system, ransomware caused stoppages in meatpacking facilities across the country.  While major corporations are hustling to ensure tighter security protocols are in place to prevent ransomware, you may be wondering if your computer or home network could be susceptible to this hack.

Yes, absolutely.  In fact, amateur hackers gain skills by infiltrating individual people’s home networks.  Ransomware is a malicious software program that people download to their computers, typically disguised as legitimate links or downloadable items.  To reduce your risks, use a malware blocking software program on your devices, keep your operating system and your antivirus software updated, and avoid clicking on links in emails or downloading attachments if you’re uncertain about the sender.  If you become the victim of ransomware, immediately contact your local office of the FBI for instructions:

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