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    protect your computer from ransomware

    Don't click on suspicious links in unexpected emails, avoid non-secure websites and download platforms, and update your software regularly.

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    How does it work?

    The ransomware secretly installs itself on a computer that doesn’t have enough anti-virus protection to stop it. This could happen by downloading something from a non-secure website, opening an email attachment, or by clicking on a social media link. The ransomware will lock some files, or even the whole computer, so that you can’t access it. You will receive a warning or notification that you need to pay an amount of money to unlock the computer or your files and information will be destroyed.

    How to avoid it

    • Don’t click on links or open attachments in suspicious emails that you weren’t expecting
    • Avoid suspicious and non-secure sites and download platforms. These websites will offer you free illegal music, movie and image downloads to attract you
    • Keep your anti-virus software updated. The right software will catch viruses before they can install. Having the most recent software means you’ll be protected from the latest virus, malware and other threats
    • Make copies of all your important files on another storage medium such as a removable hard drive. This means that even though your computer files are locked, you can still access them
    • Make sure your operating system is up to date. These attacks often target weak areas in your system created by not having the latest software
    • Never store personal or banking information on your computer

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