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Ransom-ware is evolving and that’s bad news for just about everybody except cyber thieves.
Ransom-ware, which is a form of malware, works by either holding your entire computer hostage or by blocking access to all of your files by encrypting them. A person infected with ransom-ware is typically ordered (via a pop-up window) to pay anything from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars in order to get the key to unlock their encrypted data.
ATS said a few years ago they were using a service to weed out malicious ads but I don't know if they still are, hopefully so. If you visit any sites that don't use such services, you don't even need to follow links, the malicious ad can infect an unprotected pc using a behind the scenes redirect using a script. Normally I block scripts for this reason, but ATS is whitelisted to allow scripts to run. I am more vulnerable on ATS than on many other sites because ATS is one of the few sites where I allow this, but so far my trust in ATS hasn't been misplaced.
originally posted by: soulpowertothendegree
Can anyone ease my mind? Or do I just need to not go to links anymore? Technology does seem to have extreme downsides.