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Marketplace Tech Report for Friday, October 12, 2012
Oct 12, 2012

Marketplace Tech Report for Friday, October 12, 2012

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There's a new online scam that might freeze you at your keyboard: Software that for all intents and purposes, threatens to shoot your computer if you don't pay. The bad guys infect your system and hold it for ransom by locking up your hard drive with encryption. How to protect against it? A familiar line: backup your files! But let's be honest: how many of us consistently back up our files, really?

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Ransomware: Holding Your Computer Hostage Under Pain of Death

Oct 11, 2012
A new hacker scheme locks your hard drive and your files and prompts you to pay up...or else.

There’s a new online scam that might freeze you at your keyboard: Software that for all intents and purposes, threatens to shoot your computer if you don’t pay. The bad guys infect your system and hold it for ransom by locking up your hard drive with encryption. How to protect against it? A familiar line: backup your files! But let’s be honest: how many of us consistently back up our files, really?

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