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How To Protect Yourself From Hackers

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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 warrant."

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 steering."

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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