Newsmaker: Warning signs and prevention of ransomware


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Lipscomb University associate professor of computing and technology, Dr. Chris Simmons joins Nickelle Smith in the News 2 studio advising the public on ways to keep themselves protected from falling victim to cyber-attacks. 

Dr. Simmons warns that all it takes is a click of a button for hackers to gain access to cellular devices and put a pause on all things in life dealing with technology. 

“Hackers can attempt to hack into your computer and trick you into clicking a link and force you to download a particular software that freezes up your whole computer leaving you without access to anything on your computer until you pay a ransom,” said Dr. Simmons. 

Dr. Simmons adds that to avoid ransomware attacks the public needs to stay on high alert when it comes to clicking links and be sure to invest in antivirus software. 

Vulnerability and dangers continue to threaten home computers and phones everywhere. See what you need to do to stay safe from ransomware attacks in our Special Reports ‘Cyberattacks Hitting Home’ all day Tuesday on WKRN News 2 in every newscast and on

“Get a trustworthy anti-virus software, ensure you use two-factor authentication meaning you have a password as well as a notification giving you a pin code to login into a system and just be aware of things you click on,” said Dr. Simmons. 

To learn how you can keep yourself protected from cyber and ransomware attacks watch the entire interview above. 

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