Thieves have now figured out a way to freeze your smartphone, demanding that you pay up to get back your access.

As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported Wednesday, the scam has gone global. But experts have some advice on what you can do to avoid getting hacked for ransom.

Nathan Sohm of Victorville, Calif., was one of many iPhone users who discovered a cryptic random text message on Tuesday.

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