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This 10-letter word scares any computer user and now it’s in the Oxford English Dictionary

The English language is always changing. New words are born, former slang words become generally accepted, and other words simply slip away from disuse.

For example, when was the last time you heard someone call that place with airplanes and runways, an “aerodrome?” Obviously, airport is the more common reference these days.

A word that we use a lot here at and on Kim’s national radio show has just made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). I’m talking about ransomware.

New Oxford English Dictionary words

There were 1,100 new words added to the OED this year and ransomware is one of them. If you’re not exactly sure what ransomware is, here’s the official definition: A type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

In other words, hackers encrypt your data and threaten to delete it or publish it online if you don’t pay up!

The word has been around for at least 20 years but has become more widely used to describe the rash of malware that has been infecting and disabling computers around the world. One of the most well-known ransomware attacks was the WannaCry strain that hit more than 150 countries just last year.

Oxford adds words to its dictionary four times a year and boasts almost 830,000 words and counting.

Some other tech-related words to make the OED this year include: esc, e-shopping, and selfie.

Protecting yourself against ransomware

Encryption-based ransomware is constantly evolving. Cybercriminals are developing more complicated variants that make it harder for anti-malware software to detect. Once your gadget is infected, there is no guarantee that you will recover your data, even if you pay the ransom.

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