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Mac users beware: Ransomware could be on your computer

Mac users beware: Ransomware could be on your computer
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Many years ago, a major selling point of Apple's Mac computers was that they didn't get viruses or other malicious programs. For people fed up with Windows' frequent security flaws and millions of threats, Macs were a welcome change.

Of course, with more people using Macs, hackers started looking for weaknesses and found plenty over the past few years. Attacks on Mac still don't happen nearly as much as with Windows, but if you aren't careful you could still end up with malware as nasty as any you get on a Windows PC. And this weekend, some unfortunate Mac users got the nastiest threat of them all.

If you've been keeping up with tech news, you know that the biggest growing security concern is ransomware. This malware sneaks on to your computer and encrypts your files, including documents, priceless photos and more. Unless you pay the hackers behind the attack, you aren't ever going to be able to open your files again.

There are ways to protect yourself, but most people don't think about it until it's too late. Even major organizations have been hit, including a hospital that ended up paying the ransom. However, there were no recorded cases of ransomware on Macs until this weekend.

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