As residents in Eastlake recently learned, CryptoLocker is a type of "ransomware" that holds your PC hostage until you pay the scammers. But what makes CryptoLocker different is that it can permanently destroy your files and photos and everything else on your computer.
Rick Schmahl, Akron's Chief Information Officer, says you shouldn't expect anything good to happen if you get CryptoLocker and pay thieves the ransom they demand.
"Their profit margin goes down if they spend time tracking and generating passwords," Schmahl says.
Your best bet is to avoid clicking on or downloading anything from emails that come from sources you don't recognize.
And keep your computer's anti-virus programs up-to-date.