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Ransomware, in which hackers lock down data until a fee is paid, has impacted community radio on numerous occasions, including at KBOO and WNCU. How does your station avoid becoming a victim?

The computer security site CSO recommends several ways to avoid ransomware, including updating your operating system; not installing software or opening email and giving links administrative privileges unless you know exactly what it is and what it does; installing and keeping updated your antivirus software; and doing regular backups.

The virus prevention company Malwarebytes suggests that your station should consult with IT specialists before using software to try unecrypting anything.

Ernesto Aguilar

NFCB Membership Program Director