How do you prevent ransomware from making you Pay?

This article was in my subscription from CNET this week and I thought that it might be of interest to those that follow my blogs. The question is how do you prevent ransomware from making you pay. Of course ransomware is not always that in your face so that you know that it is on your computer!  I try to protect my main computer from being abducted by such programs but a lot of the time they get trough in some way or another.

Rich Montoya

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK /

Ransomware: How do you prevent it from happening and if held up, do you pay?

I’ve been seeing a lot of news headlines about ransomware in which I think it is when a hacker gets into your computer and puts a lock on it so that you can’t do anything on it and demands a payment of a specific amount or else your computer will remained locked or will be wiped clean. Am I correct or is there more to it? This has me a bit concerned. Even though my computer doesn’t hold top-secret materials, I still don’t want to get caught in this mess. So how would one go about preventing this type of ransomware from being attached to my computer? Is an antivirus program good enough to keep this from happening? If not, what should I have installed to prevent this? And out of curiosity, if this were to happen to you where your computer were held up for ransom, would you pay up? Why or why not?
— Submitted by: Steven H.
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No, I would not…

— Submitted by: chkstar00


Here’s how to stop it

— Submitted by: iNosey


This should be an easy fix for everyone

— Submitted by: Mr Windows


Nobody holds my computer for ransom and lives!

— Submitted by: Aseriesguy


never pay ransom

— Submitted by: guywayne

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Q: Here is how I back up my data, how do you do it?

Happy 2015 to everyone. May all your tech dreams come true and your computing experience be all you want it to be and more!

If you followed Lee’s weekly CNET Community Q&A in 2014 either as seeker or provider of information, you probably noticed that on numerous occasions, regardless of the topic, employment of a backup scheme was mentioned as a key component to good computing. With that in mind, I thought it might be fun and informative to share with CNET Community members the backup scheme you employ to protect your invaluable data… (click here to continue reading)
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