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Cyber Smarts

Five ways to protect yourself from hackers

by Mindy Charski

You’re not the US government or a global corporation, but that doesn’t mean your computer and the information on it wouldn’t interest cybercriminals.

In fact, with so many ways to profit off you, hackers have many reasons to be interested. They could hijack your machine for mischievous exploits, for instance, load malicious software that holds your content hostage for a ransom, or sell your personal information in underground markets that trade in all kinds of data, including medical records and airline points accounts.

Potentially being in the crosshairs of people

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