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FBI Speaks to CBS 58 about Protecting Yourself from Ransomware

CBS 58 talked with FBI Special Agent Byron Franz about ransomware, which, as we reported is used to lock up computers. 

Then the hacker demands money in exchange for restoring access.

Thousands of ransomware attacks are reported every day, but Franz said there are ways to protect yourself. 

He said make sure your operating systems are up to date and be very careful about clicking on pop up ads online.

“Take the information an advertiser gives you.  If you like it, type it into your browser, hopefully typing https, which is encrypted and going to the website.  But don't shake the cyber hand that's offered you in cyber space,” said Franz.

If you are victimized by ransomware, Special Agent Franz said you can call the FBI office or go to an internet crime complaint website.

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