Madelyn Hill
Staff Writer

Randy Kimbro is a volunteer with the FBI in Cleveland and gave a presentation on the dangers of the internet. The main countries that threaten the US include, China which affects the economic stimulus, North Korea affects U.S. economy, Russia which tests vulnerabilities, and Iran that is just testing. Threats of cyber crime include, hacktivism, crime, insider, espionage, terrorism, and warfare. Kimbro stated, “They are after control, personal information, health information, and financial records.” 

Ransomware is a type of hack that blocks a person from their computer until they pay a ransom fee, typically delivered via email, attachment or URL. The users receive a pop- up message demanding payment. This will also encrypt files on network share drives accessible by the victim. There are easy ways to avoid this. First,do not immediately click on the link. Look at the language used in the message, and type on the link in a separate browser to see if it is a legitimate website. Don’t open any attachments that you weren’t expecting. Attachments can put a virus on your computers even if it is a legitimate document.  By clicking on the links they can hack into your accounts. They use similar accounts like Netflix and Amazon and send spam emails to receive banking information. “If one person clicks the wrong link, it can shut down entire companies,” stated Kimbro.

You can protect yourself by making a stronger password. A way to make your password stronger is by putting the numbers before the letters. Also, don’t use password hints, limit the number of password attempts, and don’t change your password. If you change your password you are making it simpler each time. Don’t use true answers on the security questions, Kimbro stated, “This is how people get hacked, it’s not that hard to figure out.” Also use a different password for different accounts,“If someone figures out the password for one account, they can easily get into others,” Kimbro said. Also, many free apps may track your locations, even if your locations are turned off.  Change the password for your wifi router, Kimbro said, “Don’t use the default password given to you because people can easily hack it and get into the router and it’s hard to tell if it is hacked.”