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How to keep your computer safe from hackers, the crypto virus, and ransomware

Protecting your computer from viruses will save you plenty of time and stress. (Credit: Georgy Papantoniou)

Protecting your computer from viruses will save you plenty of time and stress. (Credit: Georgy Papantoniou)

Imagine this. You’re off campus, doing research on Questia on your laptop in a local café. You get an email notification and see you have a message from UPS. The email is related to a customer support issue and has what looks like a PDF attached. You open it. Suddenly, you see a pop-up demanding a ransom to decrypt your computer’s files. Sound scary? It could be – and several news stations have been hit with the virus, called the crypto locker virus, the cryptolocker virus, or just the crypto virus, a type of malware known as ransomware. This is one of the latest versions of scary attacks on computers – so read on to find out how to keep your computer safe from hackers. Read more