What to do when your laptop is held for ransom (The 3:59, Ep. 8)

In the latest 3:59 podcast, CNET's Roger Cheng and Ben Fox Rubin talk about ransomware, invasive ads and instant online credit.

Computer viruses are bad enough, but the new trend this year is something called ransomware.

Hackers sneak this kind of software onto victim's computers, then use it to scramble the files with an unbreakable code and refuse to release them until a ransom is paid. For this episode, we discuss what you should do if you're ever hit with a ransomware attack.

We also touch on the Federal Communications Commission's effort to stop invasive online advertising by your cable company. And we discuss instant online credit, which offers thousands of dollars in quick credit for a mattress or jewelry or clothes.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng and CNET Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin.

What to do when your laptop is held for ransom (The 3:59, Ep. 8)

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