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Top 3 cybersecurity threats to watch out for in 2017

Top 3 cybersecurity threats to watch out for in 2017
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This was a banner year for cybercriminals. Massive data breaches, ATM skimmers and malware attacks dominated the headlines throughout the year.

No matter which type of attack the scammers use, their final goal is always the same. To steal our personal information and our money.

With 2016 winding down, we're going to take a look ahead to next year. Here are three of the top cybersecurity threats to watch out for in 2017.

1. Ransomware

The leading cybersecurity threat in 2016 was ransomware and we expect it to be just as rampant next year.

Ransomware isn't a new thing. It's been a serious concern since a virus called CryptoLocker arrived at the end of 2013. However, it is still a serious threat and getting worse every year, especially since hackers can now get it for free to modify as creatively as they want.

As you probably know, ransomware encrypts your files so you can't open them, and the only way to get them back is to pay a ransom. It's become such a serious problem that the FBI is asking victims to help them track down the scammers.

Ransomware isn't just a worry for individual computers. It can lock up files on a network, which means one infection can bring down an entire company. It's also possible to get it on smartphones and tablets via a malicious text, email or app.

Fortunately, it isn't all doom and gloom. Ransomware still needs your help to install. If you avoid falling for phishing emails with malicious links or downloads, you can keep ransomware off your gadget.

You can also take the precaution of backing up your computer files regularly. That way, if your files do get locked, you can wipe your drive and restore your files. Learn more ways to keep ransomware off your gadgets.

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