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It's Not Over Yet

A few days go by, and you hear from your good friend Lisa. She's been contacted by the very same hackers who attacked you. She's crying.


Since you didn’t report the crime to the FBI, they lived to fight another day. They may have left you alone, but they are going after other people.

"I'm so sorry, Lisa," you offer. You wish this didn't have to happen to someone else. 

Lisa ends up getting help and getting her computer restored. You report the crime to the FBI to stop this madness. You both invest in high-end antivirus software, set up regular data backups, and attend online safety seminars. The scars of the ransomware attack remain for both of you, a constant reminder of the fragility of our digital lives.


But there's a silver lining. Your ordeal has made you more resilient, vigilant, and appreciative of the moments that can't be captured in bytes and pixels. While you may have lost parts of your digital past, your real-life future stretches out ahead, filled with endless possibilities.



You may not have found the ideal scenario, but you learned some valuable lessons about keeping yourself safe online. Every situation is different, but these basics will help you. To explore different paths and see how other decisions unfold, play again.

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