How To Protect Yourself From Hackers

Michael James, Computer Repair Technician says, “It will ask you to
send them three hundred dollars and they'll make it go away. Now obviously if
the FBI really had anything on you they'd be coming in with a search

Michael James is a
computer repair technician and he says his phone has been ringing off the hook
to repair computers infected with the latest “FBI” virus.

It's called
“scam ware” or “ransom ware” and it's designed to lock you
out of your computer and demand hundreds of dollars from you.

Michael McWhirk is a
certified ethical hacker and that means he's one of the good guys.

He says the best way to
prevent hacking is staying up to date.

Michael McWhirk, Certified
Ethical Hacker says, “Always use secure
passwords, make them complex and long. I would never reuse the same password
from multiple sites. Try and have a different password for every site. Make
sure your anti virus software is up to date.”

But what about the newer
cars with computers inside them? Are they vulnerable, too?

Michael McWhirk, Certified
Ethical Hacker says, “If hackers have
physical access to the onboard control unit, then, yeah, they could take
control of the car, they could disable the breaks, disable power

McWhirk says the technology
is not there yet for hackers to *remotely* take over your car.

Michael McWhirk, Certified
Ethical Hacker says, “People don't need to
worry that they're driving down the street and all of the sudden their breaks
aren't going to work because of a hacker.”

Bottom line, James says to
treat your computers like you do your home. Lock them up.

Michael James, Computer Repair Technician says, “It's like leaving
your house and leaving all of your doors wide open. You wouldn't do that. You
would lock it and make sure it's secure before you leave to go somewhere.”

Reporting in Augusta,
meteorologist Jason Nappi, WJBF, News Channel 6.

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