Don't be that guy (of any gender) who gets totally owned by ransomware. It has exploded into an epidemic over the past few years, infecting people, police departments, hospitals, schools and more.
If you're looking to subvert government spying, look at privacy manuals for activists.To stop individuals from spying on you, like hackers, start with the things I've suggested to fight government spying: Use a VPN and encrypt your communications. Never log in to any of your accounts on someone else's device, and don't let someone use your phone, laptop or tablet outside of your sight.Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on all of your accounts that have it as an option (Amazon and Google, for instance). Make sure all photos you take aren't leaking your location data; most apps have a setting that lets you toggle location on and off.Mess with the files or decline to pay and forget about ever opening those files and seeing your MP3 collection or bat mitzvah photos ever again.But if payment is sent, you get a key to decrypt everything within a few hours.