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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.