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Ransomware in your inbox: The rise of the malicious JavaScript attachment

Ransomware in your inbox: The rise of the malicious JavaScript attachment
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You've been hearing a lot about ransomware attacks. They're scary because hackers lock up your computer files until you pay up. There are so many ransomwares like Locky because cybercriminals get what they want: your money.

But, don't panic. We've been right where you are, wondering: "What's ransomware?" and "How do I get rid of it?" We've got some good news.

The best way to deal with cybercriminals is to stop them in their tracks. If you know what signs to look for, there's no need for you to be a victim.

Prevention is key. So, here are a couple of Red Flags you should look for (we've got pictures).

1. Phishing email

The most common way cybercriminals are infecting your digital devices with ransomware starts with a phishing email scam. If they can trick you into opening an attachment, like the one in the phishing email scam below, they'll encrypt your computer files in no time. If it's a well-made ransomware like Locky, there's almost no way to get your computer files back, without communicating with the criminals and paying them.

Note: You've probably heard Kim Komando say this a hundred times, but it's worth repeating. Never open an email attachment, unless you asked someone to send it to you.

Ransomware red flags

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