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Prevention is clearly the best way forward and protecting against ransomware is very similar to other malicious computer code. The first key element is to ensure you have updated all of the software on your computer and phone.
Jackware – a termed suggested by fellow senior ESET researcher Stephen Cobb – is malicious software seeking to take control of a device. Ransomware such as Locky and Cryptolocker use codes to encrypt documents on computers and demand a ransom to unlock them.